East gate was built in the late 12 century located around 1,5 km from the central of Angkor Thom Bayon. The off beaten track gate not much tourists known about it and it not used for access the city anymore because they used the Victoria gate instead so east gate just abandoned in the jungle without much people known now east gate occupied by birds, butterflies and cicadas. East gate will make you feel very peaceful with all those animals sounded.
If you looking for seeing temples or stone structures without crowds from Chinese, Korean and Japanese tourists east gate is your best choice. The best time for taking photos from east gate is around 4pm when the sun change colors so you could get a wonderful photos combination with tree and gate plus spectacular sun light.
East gate has been used for the kings funerals but there is not history to evidence this. East gate is 75 foot in height with four faces of Lokiteshvara. There is no gods and demons holding nagas still remains and not well preserved like the Southgate, you could see they used some concrete help the building including some wooden support as well to make sure it won’t collapse. It take around 25 minutes or more to visit east gate you can climb to very near of the for faces of Lokiteshvara and enjoy the peaceful life and the nature.