Spean Thmor & Victory Gate entrance to Angkor Thom

Trip Start Dec 19, 2012
Trip End Jan 13, 2013

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Flag of Cambodia  , Khétt Siĕm Réab,
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Spean Thmor or Stone Bridge has just a few arches and piers left and is high above where the current river level is. Built by Jayavarman VII, the last great builder of Angkor, who constructed many roads and these immense stone bridges spanning watercourses.

This is the only large bridge remaining in the immediate vicinity of Angkor.

It was built on the former path of Siem Reap river between Angkor Thom and Eastern Baray and probably rebuilt after the Khmer period some time around 15th century. The 14 narrow arches are 1.10m wide.

Marvellous carved heads (Gopuras) leading up Victory Way to Victory Gate.

Guarding the eastern side of Angkor Thom is Victory Gate.

Similar carved faces make up the head of the gate. This represents both Gods and Demons facing in the four cardinal directions.

Three well restored headed Eyrawana elephants are located on the inner corner of the gate. Although not of the same size and stature, the heads are nevertheless worthy of comparison with nearby Bayon.

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