Angkor Thom: Statues of asuras (demons) on the pathway to the south gate

Statues of asuras (demons) on the pathway to the south gate of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Statues of asuras (demons) on the pathway to the south gate of Angkor Thom

Statues of Asuras
The image shows the statues of asuras (demons) lined up on the pathway leading to the south gate of Angkor Thom at Siem Reap, Cambodia.

This pathway is on a bridge over the Siem Reap River. On the left side of the pathway are the statues of devas (demigods) and on the right side are the statues of asuras (as shown in the image). 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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