Gate to Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom (Big town) is a much larger complex than Angkor Wat. It is a fortified city surrounded by a moat. This is the South Gate of Angkor Thom, one of five gates. The outer wall and central temple were built by the Buddhist King Jayavarman the 7th, in the 12th Century. The smiling faces on these towers are of the God-King himself. The faces look in the 4 cardinal directions and represent the power of the King. On the right side of the gate are the trunks of a three-headed elephant grazing on lotus blossoms.