From travelogues of a Chinese Ambassador historians deduced that this terrace constituted part of an audience hall of a palace, which was decorated with many mirrors. The centuries old trees growing here and there make it difficult to imagine that palace, which enraptured such a critical observer as the ambassador of the highly civilized China of that period.
When you walk through the forest you reach Prasat Phnom Bakheng , a basin larger in size than any known open air swimming pool. Actually, I was surprised that no entrepeneur to-date has come up with the idea to turn this basin into a swimming pool in order to attract more tourists to Angkor ....(I hope no-one takes this serious, but if they do, do not forget my 10% commission!)
||The stone terraces descending all the way to the water level or even below still are in good shape, and it was a pleasure sitting down there and imagine such an anachronism as 20th (or 21st) century girls clad in bikinis bathing among 10th century princesses dressed in.. whatsoever they used to wear!|