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The South Gate is the most visited gate of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. For many visitors, this is their first encounter with the spectacular ruins of Jayavarman VII, the prolific ruler of ancient Khmer who built most of the temples in Angkor. Entering through the South Gate, visitors will eventually reach the centre of the ancient city, arriving at the Bayon.

Photos of the South Gate of Angkor Thom

View of the asuras on the causeway leading to the Gate of Angkor Thom South Gate.

The enigmatic stone faces of the South Gate. These faces face north, south, east and west, and are believed to resemble either Jayavarman VII or the Avalokitesvara.

This is the moat of Angkor Thom at South Gate. It used to be full of water, but now, although the water is still there, the depth is much reduced.

How to reach Angkor Thom South Gate

The South Gate of Angkor Thom is the most accessible part of Angkor Thom. You can easily reach it by taking the road past Angkor Wat and driving north. Any tuk tuk driver worth his salt should be able to bring you here, although he is most likely to take you straight through the south Gate without stopping, depositing you when you arrive at the Bayon. Tell him to stop if you wish to view the South Gate before proceeding into Angkor Thom. The South Gate is one of the most spectacular introduction to Angkor Thom, and I recommend that you do not miss it.

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