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The South Gate Of Angkor Thom, Angkor


The South Gate Of Angkor Thom, Angkor


  • The five gates to Angkor Thom are all similar. The openings are 3.5 meters wide and 7 meters high. Originally they would also have been furnished with double wooden doors, mounted on pivots, which were apparently fitted with a horizontal closing bar, the holes for which still remain visible in the walls.
  • Forming a group of three aligned towers, they stand over 23 meters in overall height. The main tower, with its two opposing faces, is flanked by two other smaller towers - each with a single face - that are set into it and correspond internally to reinforcing walls forming guard rooms, each with two dark back-rooms. The ensemble responds quite apparently to the same abstraction as do the four-faced towers of the Bayon Temple, with the regal power radiating to the four cardinal points.
  • Finally, at the base, the four inward corners contain the motif of the three headed elephant, whose vertical trunks descend to tug at lotuses, forming pillars. They represent none other than the mount of Indra, whom we can see clearly at the Victory gate, sitting between two Apsaras and holding the thunderbolt or "Vajra".
  • The South Gate is in the pictures on this page. As Angkor lies north of Siem Reap where tourists stay it , or the East Gate, are the first points of entry.



Naga Causway To South Gate Angkor Thom



South Gate Angkor