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Angkor Thom Demons

There are five entrances into Angkor Thom, four in each cardinal direction, north, south, east and west, while the fifth, called the Victory Gate, leads eastwards from the Angkor Thom Royal Palace grounds. The causeway is lined with stone figures.There are 54 stone Devas, or gods, on the left, and 54 stone Asuras, or demons, on the right. They are tugging on a naga. This awesome spectacle is a stone representation of the ancient Hindu creation myth, Churning of the Ocean of Milk.

This is the most well-preserved area. Most heads from other areas have either been stolen by treasure hunters or removed by the communists during the period of the Khmer Rouge.

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Taken on March 4, 2010