On the way to Ta Promh Temple, we drove to and stopped at this monument. I’ve tried to search for the name of this monument but I can only guess it through the location from the Angkor Temple Map by the Tourism of Cambodia. This monument was found at the gate of Angkor Thom as we were headed towards Ta Promh Temple.
At the bottom of the of this monument were these huge stone pillars. They looked sturdy despite withstanding centuries of erosion of rain, wind and sunlight.
Towards the right were stone steps to the top of the hill.
At the top, we were completely surprised at the ancient wonder that stood before us.
It had faces that were in 4 directions.
From what I have observed, I can only make a calculated guess: the faces on this monument are depictions of guards to intimidate and instill fear into anyone who was approaching this ancient capital.
Every time I look at this photo, I am just amazed at the high standard of expertise of the carvers and the designers. This is truly just breathtaking to see how they could have done huge carving and smaller ones in just one monument, and to do so at a height!
Do look out for it when you’re heading into Angkor Thom or headed out of there.