Angkor Thom: the Royal (Palace) square (Royal area)

General information, history

Adjacent to the Royal Palace, a huge area in the North-Eastern part of Angkor Thom is called the Royal area . She played a large role in city life. Here were held different events: parades, festivals, celebrations, and other processions. Royal Palace of Angkor Thom share with king-size terrace of Elephants and Leper King. From the Terrace of the Elephants the king and his entourage watched the celebrations, the king appealed to his people a speech, and the Terrace of the Leper King to administer the trial of the accused. Today, unfortunately, from the Royal square is nothing left and there is a Parking area for tourist transport. We mention it only from a historical point of view.

Do not confuse the Royal square with the Royal Palace. This is different territory, they are opposite each other and separated by a Terrace of Elephants and Leper king.

The square is not remarkable – it's just a huge area, on the one hand, along the Terraces stretches the road surface and covered with lawn.

Structure (plan) of the area

The Royal square located in front of the Royal Palace, to the East of it, and includes a large area (720 m to 80 m). Clear boundaries of the square are not visually defined. However, it is established that from the North it borders with the Bayon, to the West – from the Baphuon, the Terraces of Elephants and Leper King, TEP Pranam, to the East with Preah Pete, Prasadam Suor Prat, and North and South Cleanhome.

The road leading from the Gate of Victory, to the Royal Palace divides the area in half, and was the main street of the city of Angkor Thom.

Tips for inspection

To take the time to inspect the area, as particular places of interest, is not necessary, because it can be combined with the visit here. But it's worth noting that the best time for photo – morning – for monuments located on the West side of the road, which include: Preah Palilay, TEP Pranam, terrace of the Leper King, terrace of Elephants, Royal Palace, Pimeanakas, Baphuon. In the evening take a look at the objects that are on the East side of the road: Preah Pete, Prasat Suor Prat, and North and South Clingy.

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admin 17 Mar 2013, 11:00
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Angkor: General information, history
Angkor: entrance fees, time, transportation and other helpful information
Angkor: temples and routes inspection
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Angkor Wat
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Here you can ask questions and discuss the issue on Angkor.
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Svetlanas 13 Sep 2014, 13:06
Thank you for your article, everything in detail. But not about all the churches, will be continued? ...
admin 13 Sep 2014, 13:49
A continuation of course. But all the temples of Angkor to describe almost impossible, this requires a separate site. ...
Anna Reutin 22 Nov 2014, 04:24
Add about routes. If you have a limited amount of time (1-2 days), you will have time to watch only so-called "small ring" of Church buildings. If you are willing to stay on a little longer - feel free to plan a "big ring". Although after a couple of days all of these facilities are already stale ( ...
Igor Ognev 01 May 2017, 12:24
Prices are not the same. One-day ticket not 20, and November 2016 is 37 USD ...
Levontiy.CHyanov 28 May 2017, 14:13
"At the entrance to the Bayon and Baphuon is the input control, in other temples he is missing."
tickets to Angkor Tom are sold separately from ankorwat or not ? control in these two temples and at the entrance to the gate not ? Bike and stutered you can go inside both complexes, is that right ? There's also stairs for the bridges, as the scooter in drag, and is it possible ? ...
admin 28 may 2017, 15:10
The separate tickets to Angkor Thom no, his visit is included in the cost of the ticket to the Angkor complex. Control not only in these temples, but what does it matter: buy tickets and view whatever you want, where you ask, submit a ticket.
Where did you get the information that bikes and scooters can ride inside the temples? Between them, and to the historical and religious object to move did not hear that. By the way, scooter rental in Siem reap was banned, if something is not changed. ...
Levontiy.CHyanov 31 Oct 2017, 08:23