Friday, February 27, 2009

Forgotten vibe no more

It looks a little like a mask, but its the north face of the West Gate, approached from the northwest corner shrineWooden struts support the sides of the eastern entrance of the West Gate of Angkor Thom
The embankment pathway from the northwest Prasat Chrung to the West Gate was the best section so far and completed in less than five minutes. I was now well over halfway in my bicycle ride around the top of the walls of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. The last time I'd been at the West Gate was quite a few years before when it was rarely used and quite atmospheric with a forgotten feel to it, nowadays that vibe has disappeared and it's been made safe with lots of wooden structural supports and a wooden driveway that takes you through the gate door and out the other side. This entrance to the city is now much more popular that ever before when only locals rode their bicycles through it, to and from their nearby villages. A popular route along one section of the wall, for walkers and cyclists, ends at the West Gate, having begun at the South Gate. If anyone does venture onto the city walls it is that section they normally choose. However, I hope I've given you a flavour of what the other sections of the wall can offer as well. I hadn't yet finished my cycle ride so after a good sniff around both sides of the gate, I took my mountain bike back onto the wall to complete my journey via the southwest corner temple. Stay tuned for more.
The face of the king looks down on the entrance into the city at the West Gate
This provides a good view of the wooden driveway installed at the West Gate, and the absence of 'atmosphere' there nowadaysLooking at the west face of the West Gate from outside the walled city
The west face has parts of the royal visage missing
Two faces of the West Gate, the south face on the right and the east face
A final profile look at the east face of the West Gate
A broken Lokeshvara pediment at the top of the wall, in front of the south face. You can just make out the torso at the left of center.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi andy, was just wondering would you be able to tell me which routes are possible on a moto and roughly how long it took you by bicycle on each route

W Gate - NW Chrung
NW Chrung - N Gate
N Gate - NE Chrung
NE Chrung - V Gate
V Gate - E Gate
E Gate - SE Chrung
SE Chrung - S Gate
S Gate - SW Chrung
SW Chrung - W Gate


Allan

February 27, 2009 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Allan,
only few routes are possible by moto, as you have to get the thing onto the wall in the 1st place, not easy, and that's if the Apsara guards allow you to do so. in the old days no problem, today might be trickier.
cycles are allowed of course.
I will give you times on a bicycle rather than moto....see below:

W Gate - NW Chrung
easy. 10 mins.

NW Chrung - N Gate
impossible by moto. 10 mins.

N Gate - NE Chrung
impossible by moto. 10 mins.

NE Chrung - V Gate
impossible by moto. 8 mins.

V Gate - E Gate
5 mins.

E Gate - SE Chrung
impossible by moto. 8 mins.

SE Chrung - S Gate
easy.10 mins.

S Gate - SW Chrung
easy. 10 m ins, also see Beng Thom and Run Tadev.

SW Chrung - W Gate
easy. 10 mins.

Hope that helps. I've said impossible by moto because of massive holes in the wall and the embankment path. Some motodrivers could maybe find a way through the forest, but it would be very hard/impossible for a few of the breaks.
Andy

February 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much ... really helps :)

should be alright to climb up the walls at the quieter gates hehe :)

and I speak khmer so hopefully should be able to persuade the guards if there are nay problems

February 27, 2009 at 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like th eonly chrung i cant visit is the NE chrung...

is the Victory Gate to NE Chrung that impassable on a motor? hehe might have to walk there ^_^ if thats the case

February 27, 2009 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Ok you might be able to do the Victory Gate to NE Chrung by moto - if you can get it up the wall. There is one break but i think you'll be able to find a way through the next door forest of trees and around the break. My pics only show 1 break and I think I got around it okay but through the trees. I had to carry my bike up from the gates to the wall a few times so taking a moto may need two of you to push and carry. be warned.
Andy

February 27, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheer's andy for your prompt reply....

really looking forward to my april trip :)

allan

February 27, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

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