When you get on the elephant stage, you can see a door in front of you on the right. This is the eastern entrance to the ancient palace. Since the ancient palace was a wooden building at that time, it has almost disappeared, so what you see after entering the door is only an empty square. There is a pavement in the center of the square, and there are ancient trees on both sides of the pavement. As you move on, you can see a towering brick-red building with three-storey terraces, which is the site of the Aerial Palace of the Angkor Dynasty. It is said that the Sky Palace was once a golden tower, a dormitory for the queen of nine snakes, and a place where the King of Angkor had to meet with her every night to discuss matters of statecraft. If he did not show up one day, it would mean that the King would die.
The air palace is also a scenic spot in the small circle of Angkor Wat. Barong Monastery and Bafang Monastery are very close. This is called the air palace, but not the palace. The original name of Jinjiaoshan is Shiva Temple built at the same time as the new palace. Although it is not as well-preserved and well-known as Angkor Wat, it is still an important milestone in the history of Khmer architectural art. It contains several elements of Angkor Wat's architectural art, Xumishan, the central pagoda, galleries and temple pavilions.
Siem Reap, Cambodia. The air palace is next to the Bafang Temple, which symbolizes the monarchy. From a distance, it looks like a pyramid. Later, it is sealed up, not allowed to climb to the top, or is being repaired. This place has a story background. Every night, the king climbs up the palace to mate with seven snakes. It feels like the king is a gourd doll.
The air palace, a Hindu temple in the style of Mount Xumi, is an important milestone in the history of Khmer architectural art. It is the predecessor of Angkor Wat, which contains the important elements of the neutral item of Angkor Wat architecture art - "Mount Xumi, central pagoda, gallery, temple pavilion. It's too sunny to climb up. It's totally unshielded.
The most detailed description of the palace by Zhou Daguan is the "Golden Tower", even today we call it" air Palace "literally translated as "Heavenly Palace". This is a relatively complete building preserved in the palace. The three-storey pyramid is elevated. The angle relationship is very steep. In fact, it is only 12 meters high.
The air palace is a pyramid shaped by three layers of rectangular Xumaitai, which symbolizes Xumaishan. The four corners of each layer of Xumaitai are decorated with lions or elephants. Xumitai is made of laterite bricks. There are steep steps to connect the upper layers in the middle of the four sides of Xumi Mountain.
According to the record of "Zhenla Fengdu Ji", the king's dormitory is next to the Bafang Temple. Its circumference is five or six miles. The tiles on the main hall are made of lead. The rest are earthen tiles. The yellow pillars are very thick and the statues of Buddha are carved on the pillars.
Although it is not as well-preserved and well-known as Angkor Wat, it is still an important milestone in the history of Khmer architectural art. It contains several elements of Angkor Wat's architectural art, Xumishan, the central pagoda, galleries and temple pavilions.
The palace was basically made of wood. The owners of the wooden houses were comfortable and the kings were not foolish. But the wooden houses were completely destroyed in the rain and humidity of South Asia, leaving only stones. The only thing to be repaired in the palace was the air palace. Looking at the steep steps, my wife and I drank water, and thinking about how cool it was under the tree, we took pictures. We were glad to see the foreigner carrying several big cameras to stretch and recover his strength.
In Tongwang City, from Bafang Temple to Battle Elephant Platform, it is said that the air palace is the king's dormitory, which is recorded in Suzhen Lafeng Tuji of Zhou Daguan, but in fact, Zhou Daguan has only heard about it but never seen it. We went there in December 2017, so we could only look at it from a distance.