Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Khmaoch
|Angkor Thom Kloung Thvear Khmoch, Angkor Thom - East Gate, Gate of the Dead, Gate of Death, Khloung Thvear Khang Kaeut
|Yasodharapura III, Angkor Thom, Angkor
|Siem Reap Municipality
|Late 12th Century
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.)
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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