Notes on the Geography of Cambodia (Angkor): Angkor Wat: Photo 2
The grand entrance to Angkor Wat is from the west. That's contrary to the standard practice of entrances on the east and is apparently an indication that the sanctuary at the center of the city was dedicated to Vishnu, associated with the west. It's also very crowded these days, with a stream of visitors walking eastward along the stone causeway that leads to the temple. To escape the crowd and find a private moment, the view here is of the smaller and merely decorative gate on the south side. It's merely decorative because behind the camera is the unbridged midpoint of the moat shown in the previous picture.
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