The palace of Solomon was south of the temple mount. The South Gate would be the main one used by the king. Therefore it was a great honor to be assigned the responsibility of guarding this gate. At the time of Solomon, this honor falled upon Obed-Edom (1 Chronicles 26:15). This gate, as well as the North Gate, had four guard posts; whereas the East Gate, being the main entrance, had six. The west side had two gates: the West Gate and the Shalleketh Gate on the upper road. There were two guards at the court itself and four at the road. Besides the guards at the outer gates, there were two guarding the storehouse in the inner court.