Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Khmaoch

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Angkor Thom Kloung Thvear Khmaoch
Native Nameអង្គរធំខ្លោងទ្វារខ្មោច
Alternative nameAngkor Thom Kloung Thvear Khmoch, Angkor Thom - East Gate, Gate of the Dead, Gate of Death, Khloung Thvear Khang Kaeut
Part ofYasodharapura III, Angkor Thom, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.44142, 103.87322
FoundedLate 12th Century
BuilderJayavarman VII
Art StyleBayon
DeityBuddha, Lokeshvara
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition:Gate Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Khmaoch (អង្គរធំខ្លោងទ្វារខ្មោច - Pronounced: Angkor Tom K'lowng T'vear K'moch)

Represents the East gate of Angkor Thom City and also goes under the unfortunate name of Gate of Death, or Gate of the Dead. The gopura is aligned with Bayon, rather than the Royal Palace and, in contrast to Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Chey, the Victory Gate, is considered to be the entrance defeated armies entered by. (Although west, and the setting sun, is traditionally associated with death, in Angkor's case, defeated armies would inevitably be arriving from the east and Cham or Dai Viet lands.)

Heading out of Angkor Thom across the huge moat of the enclosed city is a laterite causeway or bridge, that we have listed as Angkor Thom Spean Khmaoch.

The gate today is rarely visited and picturesque spot. The eastwards track at present leads only to the bank of the Siem Reap River where an old bridge must have stood. (Requires verification.) For architectural detail please see the North Gate, Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Ta Nok.

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