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|(Left) Giant faces of the Bodhisattva Lokesvara, gazing towards the cardinal directions, southern entrance gate, Angkor Thom.|
(Right) Circular central tower of the Bayon, 'the omphalos (navel) of angkor's stone cosmos.'
|(Right) One of the 54 stone towers of the Bayon, each with four faces of Lokesvara.|
(Far right) The atmospheric remains of Ta Prohm.
|(Left) Though the surroundings are very different, it has been claimed that certain giant works of sculpture at Angkor resemble the face of the Sphinx or the Colossi of Abu Simbel.|
(Right) The Bayon with its 54 stone towers each surmounted by 4 faces of the Boddhisatva Lokeshvara was conceived by its builders as a symbolic diagram of the universe.
|(Right) Southern gateway, Angkor Thom, and Naga balustrade.|
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