Elephants and a leper king

Elephants and a leper king
The way to Baphuon temple.

The way to Baphuon temple.

There are several minor temples and sights at Angkor Thom that we passed by: Baphuon, the Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace and Suor Prat Tower.

After visiting the temple Bayon, we walked towards the parking area, where our driver-cum-guide was waiting for us. In the heat, it seemed like a very long walk.

There were several temples that we would’ve loved to check out, but time was short. What was important to us what to see Bayon and Ta Prohm. So we just passed by the other tourists attractions, without really indulging much.

Beh Angkor Thom leper

Terrace of the Leper King

We passed by Baphuon and then rested in the Terrace of the Elephants. During the time of the Angkor king Jayavarman VII, he stood there to view his victorious returning army. The terrace is attached to Phimeanakas palace, but we didn’t have time for that. And Tuwa seemed to enjoy the trunks of the elephants, so we stayed at the terrace.

We also walked a wee bit more to check out the Terrace of the Leper King. There wasn’t really a leper king involved in this terrace. But because it has a statue that is mossy and discolored (so it looked like it was a leper) then the statue was named Leper King.

Some of the Suor Prat towers.

Some of the Suor Prat towers.

Angkor, however, did once have a leper king, Yasovarman I. Poor man, his father didn’t want him to succeed the throne, so had to fight with his brother. Once king, he became one of Angkor’s greatest. One of his achievements was moving the capital to where many of Cambodia’s famous monuments now stand, such as the Angkor Wat. According to Wiki, previous kings were crazy about building temples (a religious prestige thing) so Yasovarman had to move the capital to a new place where he could make a big name for himself by buildings more temples. The bigger and the more elaborate, the better.

We crossed the road to get to the field where cars were parked. But before driving off, we had to check out a tower, one of the twelve Prasat Tuor towers. Its function is unknown. But there are twelve of these beautiful towers standing there for no reason. Except to be pretty, I suppose. And that’s good enough. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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