Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Ta Nok

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Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Ta Nok
Native Nameអង្គរធំខ្លោងទ្វារតានុក
Alternative nameAngkor Thom North Gate, Khloung Thvear Khang Cheung, Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Dei Chhnang, Angkor Thom Dei Chhnang Gate
Part ofYasodharapura III, Angkor Thom, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.45526, 103.85910
FoundedLate 12th Century
BuilderJayavarman VII
Art StyleBayon
DeityBuddha, Lokeshvara
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition:Gate Angkor Thom Khloung Thvear Ta Nok (អង្គរធំខ្លោងទ្វារតានុក - Pronounced: Angkor Tom K'lowng T'vear Ta Nok)

One of 5, massive, stone entrance gates, or gopuras, to the walled city of Angkor Thom. The city of Yasodharapura had existed in various forms for nearly 3 centuries before it was upgraded by Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th-century. The iconic gates we see today, with their high towers and enigmatic carved faces, date to his reign.

The format of all gates is a similar one with 3 towers (rising to 27m in the centre) above a corbelled arch and images of Airavata - the 3-headed elephant - on either side. 4 carved faces point in each of the cardinal directions. Beyond, a bridge Spean Ta Nok across the moat is lined with gods and demons pulling on the body of a naga. Originally there were thought to be 54 on each side while the naga's body is completed by a 9-headed statue.

The symbolism is still debated and while there's an obvious connection with the Churning of the Sea of Milk creation myth, 'Rainbow Bridges' are also considered to represent the connection between the world of man (outside the walls) and the realm of the gods, (inside). The north gate is one of the best-preserved and far less busy than the popular south one.

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