Statues depicting a line of 54 guardian deities or ‘devas‘ holding the head of the serpent ‘naga‘ on one side of the causeway, while a line of 54 demons ‘asuras‘ hold the tail of the serpent on the other side of the causeway — leading to the southern gate of Angkot Thom, i.e., Great City in Cambodia.
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Welcome to ‘This is Cambodia’ a virtual journey captured through the eyes of Shravan Regret Iyer.
This is the southern entrance gate to Angkor Thom (meaning Great City) located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This ancient city was established in the late twelfth century, and covers an area of around nine square kilometer. The city lies on the West bank of the Siem Reap river and was abandoned in the early 15th century and believe to have sustained a population of 80,000–150,000 people.
The faces on the 23m towers at the city entrance gates are believed to be either those of the King Jayavarman Vll, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, guardians of the empire’s cardinal pints or some combination of these.
In 2017 on World Environment Day (June 5), we (Regret Iyer Productions) invited you to be part of the virtual journey to explore the breathtaking wilds of the Himalayas (‘Life in the Himalayas’). In the following years, we continued our virtual explorations (‘Bhutan, the last Shangri La’; ‘This is America’ and ‘One Earth’ visual series). To celebrate our four years of virtual exploration, we invite you to another epic adventure, this time in the wilds of the Kingdom of Cambodia. In this virtual journey, we will explore, the country’s unique biodiversity, lifestyle, and architecture – including one of the world’s most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, a 12th century Temple city inside a 400 sq km of Angkor Archaeological Park nestled in the forests of Cambodia, also a UNESCO world heritage site.
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