The South Gate of Angkor Thom overview
The South Gate of Angkor Thom is a monumental entrance to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, located in Cambodia. The gate was built in the late 12th century, during the reign of King Jayavarman VII, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Angkor-style architecture.
The South Gate of Angkor Thom is a massive stone structure, with towers on either side of the entrance and a causeway leading to the city center. The entrance is decorated with elaborate carvings and sculptures, many of which depict scenes from Hindu mythology, including battles between gods and demons. The towers are adorned with sculptures of mythical creatures, including lions, elephants, and garudas.
The South Gate of Angkor Thom is considered to be one of the most impressive structures in Cambodia, and is a popular destination for tourists visiting the region. The gate is part of the larger temple complex of Angkor Thom, which was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the late 12th to the early 15th century. Today, the South Gate of Angkor Thom is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is considered to be an important symbol of Cambodia's rich cultural heritage and history.
The South Gate of Angkor Thom is the gate that most visitors to Bayon use as the entrance to Angkor Thom. Above the gate is the famous Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva's large face facing all four directions, enough to make you think, "Wow, we're finally at Angkor!"
The balustrade is a scene of the churning of the milky sea from Indian mythology. Facing the gate, gods on the left and Asuras on the right are lined up, pulling the giant serpent Vasuki (Naga). Everyone will stop here once and take a picture.
Tours to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom
Just choose an Angkor Thom tour. A stop at the South Gate is usually included in itinerary.