Is Bayon temple inside Angkor Wat?
The Bayon Temple is one of the more famous, popular and beautiful of the structures in the Angkor Wat Archeological Park. Situated just to the north of Angkor Wat itself, the temple was once at the center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom.
What is the difference between Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom?
In reality, Angkor Wat is a temple city build in the 12th century. Angkor Thom was a fortressed city state built in the 13th century with multiple temples, with the Bayon (the one with many faces) at its heart. The Ta Prohm Temple (also famously known as the jungle temple) is outside Angkor Thom.
Is Angkor Wat part of Angkor Thom?
Its most-imposing monuments are Angkor Wat, a temple complex built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II (reigned 1113–c. 1150), and Angkor Thom, a temple complex built about 1200 by King Jayavarman VII.
Why was Angkor Thom abandoned?
The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.