The path leading to the gate is on a bridge over the Siem Reap River. The statues of devas and asuras (demons) are lined up on the left and right side of the pathway respectively. Both the devas and asuras are sittings on the body of a naga (serpent).
The city of Angkor Thom was founded in the late 12th century by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII on the western banks of the Siem Reap River. It has four gates, each built in a cardinal direction. Of all the four gates, the south gate is relatively intact and is one of the most photographed structures in Siem Reap. It has four towers, each with a statue of the head pointing to a cardinal direction.
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