Angkor Thom’s Gated Entrance

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.

At the bottom of the monument were these huge pillars of stone. We could not help but pose with it.
At the bottom of the monument were these huge pillars of stone. We could not help but pose with it. Inside the picture is our tuktuk driver.

Towards the right were stone steps to the top of the hill.

Walking upwards to see the top of the monument.
Walking upwards to see the top of the monument.

At the top, we were completely surprised at the ancient wonder that stood before us.

We were listening to our tuktuk driver's sharing.
We were listening to our tuktuk driver’s sharing.

It had faces that were in 4 directions.

3 carved faces at the top of the monument.
3 carved faces at the top of the monument.

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.

The gated entrance into Angkor Thom.
The gated entrance into Angkor Thom.

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.

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