Prasat Angkor Wat Kuk Ta Reach

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Prasat Angkor Wat Kuk Ta Reach
Native Nameប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្ត គុកតារាជ
Alternative nameKuk Mohareach, Kuk Mohar Reach, Kuk Maha Reach, Kok Ta Reach
BA#C1710394
CISARK#429
IK#497
SizeMedium
ConditionIntact
TypeGate
Location
Part ofPrasat Angkor Wat, Yasodharapura II, Yasodharapura III, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
CountryCambodia
Coordinates13.41250, 103.86180
History
FoundedFirst half of 12th Century
BuilderSuryavarman II
Art StyleAngkor Wat
MaterialSandstone, Laterite
ReligionHinduism
DeityVishnu
Year/s Restored1948, 1950, 1954, 1961, On-going
UNESCO Inscription1992



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Site Size & Condition: Other Structures Prasat Angkor Wat Kuk Ta Reach (ប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្ត គុកតារាជ- Pronounced: Pra-saht Ong-kor Waht Kuhk! Ta Riech)

The main and most frequently used entrance at Prasat Angkor Wat, known locally as Kuk Ta Reach or otherwise known as the west entrance is fronted by a grand sandstone causeway that cross the expansive moat. The name of the gopura stems from one of the most revered statues at Angkor Wat, Moha Ta Reach or simply known today as Ta Reach. The statue still stands tall in the northern entrance of the west gopura.

The origins of the Ta Reach statue are said to have come from the central shrine on the third level of Angkor Wat, and was originally a statue of Lord Vishnu. Though it appears that the statue has been restored multiple times over the years and a more recent restoration back in 2000 reveals that in previous restorations, lead was used and also there was a layer of gold leaf that was applied to the statue.

The gopura measures approximately 240m long from north to south and about 35m at its widest point, and features five entrances. The main central entrance aligns with the grand causeway and the centre of the temple, whilst to the north and south are smaller entrances and at each end are two larger entrances that are suspected to be entrances for elephants and large processions, as the entrances are flush at ground level.

Kuk Ta Reach has some of the most intricately carved reliefs all over, including walls, lintels, pediments, false windows and doors and numerous Apsara figures. It also includes a very unique Apsara smiling revealing her teeth, Some have speculated that the teeth were carved afterwards.


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