Angkor Thom Spean Khmaoch

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Angkor Thom Spean Khmaoch
Native Nameអង្គរធំស្ពានខ្មោច
Alternative nameAngkor Thom Spean Khmoch, Angkor Thom East Gate Bridge, Gate of the Dead Bridge, Angkor Thom East Gate Causeway
TypeAncient Bridge
Part ofYasodharapura III, Angkor Thom, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.44147, 103.87380
FoundedLate 12th Century
BuilderJayavarman VII
Art StyleBayon
DeityBuddha, Lokeshvara
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition:Ancient Bridge Angkor Thom Spean Khmaoch (អង្គរធំស្ពានខ្មោច - Pronounced: Angkor Tom S'pien K'moch)

The ancient 'bridge' or causeway outside the East Gate of Angkor Thom.

The causeway spans across Angkor Thom's moat measuring approximately 100m and is flanked on both sides with demons and gods pulling on a 9 headed naga.

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.)

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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