The North Gopura is the northern entrance to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. It is more often used as an exit than an entrance by visitors to Angkor who are doing the Grand Circuit route. The first ruin they would come across upon leaving the North Gopura is the temple of Preah Khan.
The North Gopura is quite well restored. However, most of the statues of the gods and demons are already missing. On either side of the entrance are statues of the three-headed elephant Airavata (similar to Erawan in Thai) plucking lotus. Airavata is the mount of the Hindu deity Indra.
Sights within Angkor Thom
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North Gopura of Angkor Thom is located about 1 km west of Ta Keo.
Accommodation in Angkor
If you are visiting Angkor, for sure you will be seeking accommodation in the town of Siem Reap, located just 4 kilometers south of the Angkor Archaeological Park. In the last ten years, Siem Reap has become the biggest construction site in all of Phnom Penh, and hotels, guest houses and boutique establishments of all sizes sprout across town, providing accommodation that caters to all sizes of the wallet. You can find here a wide range of Siem Reap accommodation. For budget accommodation in other destinations, use the Budget Accommodation Guide. Although I intended it for budget travelers, you will also find a few establishments which can be considered nothing short of luxurious. So, if you're looking for accommodation for Angkor, view the list and take your pick!
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