Angkor Thom – the city wall

Angkor Thom City Wall – Prasat Chrung (corner temples)

The city wall of Angkor Thom is perfectly square  and 3 kilometers from one corner to the next, with a moat surrounding the entire wall. There are four corner temples called Prasat Chrung and five gates.There is a trail at the top of the wall  that can be hiked or ridden with a bicycle. Riding from one gate to the next is a distance of 3 kilometers and you will have to descend to ground level to rejoin the trail at the other side of the gate. There are places where the wall is broken, but unless the break is very recent, there is usually a trail through the jungle that will take you to the other side of the break. It is best to wear a hat and wear long pants, because the jungle can be quite thick in places and many of the bushes have thorns.

South Gate of Angkor Thom

The South Gate is the gate best known by visitors to Angkor Thom, because it is the first gate they pass through when traveling from Angkor Wat to the Bayon. The Bayon is at the center of Angkor Thom.

North Gate of Angkor Thom

The North Gate is also fairly well known to visitors because it is the gate through which you pass to get to Preah Khan and make the Grand Circuit. Quite a few visitors stop at this gate to take pictures but they don’t stay for very long.

Victory Gate of Angkor Thom

The Victory Gate is on the Eastern Wall and although many visitors pass through the gate, few stop because they are on the Small Circuit and want to get to the Tah Prohm Temple (the Jungle Temple) as quickly as possible, in hopes of avoiding the huge crowds at that temple.

East Gate of Angkor Thom

The East Gate (my favorite gate) is on a dirt road and exits to a jungle trail so it is very remote, hardly ever visited and very beautiful, an absolute must visit for any photographers.

West Gate of Angkor Thom

The West Gate (was my favorite gate) is also on a dirt road and I still like it a lot, but there is now a wooden ramp going through the gate and therefore quite a lot of local traffic. Great place for photography though because the moat is full and overgrown with water hyacinths and other vegetation. Locals are often fishing in this spot.