South Gate Entrance
South Gate Entrance is arguably one of the grandest, ancient entries you will see in the world…and is the best preserved of the four roadways, which make an impressive arrival into the amazing world of Angkor Thom Archaeology Park.
This grand and magnificent thoroughfare extends approximately 50 meters (165 feet) and crosses over a moat below.
Lining each side of the causeway are 54 large, stone statues of Gods. All have individual faces and features that stand as fierce competitors and who are said to be reenacting a Hindu story “Myth of the Churning Ocean.”
South Gate Entrance was built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th Century, who has been attributed to many of the monuments in Angkor Archaeology Park.
On the left side are guardian Gods are ready to protect and defend; while on the right are the demons, who wish to wreck havoc among the world.
According inscriptions found on Angkor Wat the Gods of the underworld were victorious and this is depicted in the history of Cambodian legend.
As you pass by the impressive stone figures, you will then move under a magnificent stone archway and is considered the central tower when entering Angkor Thom Archaeology Park.
Carved on top of this impressive structure which has stood for 800 years are 4 faces of Buddha looking north, south, east and west – as he watches over the city.
Opening Hours: 5.00 am – 6.00 pm
TIP: South Gate Entrance has made it into our article as one of The 10 Best Temples in Siem Reap although technically not a temple.
You may also want to read our article Purchasing Your Temple Tickets for all the information you need.