This entry shows photos from Angkor Thom. Sometimes Angkor Thom is thought to be just another temple. Actually it is a whole city. “Angkor” means “city” and “Thom” means big. Angkor Thom was once was a great Khmer city and includes a whole host of temples and sites of historical interest. It’s population was around 1 million people.
Angkor Thom was founded by King Jayavarman VII, one of the most important figures of the Khmer Empire. He was a Buddhist, and during the time of his reign oversaw a wholesale conversion of the Khmer people from Hinduism to Buddhism. He was a great believer in public works, creating schools, hospitals, and reservoirs.
Angkor Thom remained the capital of the Khmer Empire throughout its decline – and was probably fully abandoned in the 16th century. It is now, as with the other temples in the Angkor Park, a World Heritage site.
One final note about Angkor Thom is that the Angelina Jolie version of the film "Tomb Raider" was filmed here.