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Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap

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Feel the grandeur of the Khmer Empire from Terrace of the Elephants, an impressive, intricately carved stone structure overlooking an enormous courtyard once used for ceremonies, royal receptions, and parades. Completed early in the 13th century, the 2.5 m (8.2 ft) high and 350 m (1,148 ft) long stone terrace features carvings depicting elephants, Khmer warriors, and dancers. One of the grandest royal terraces in Cambodia, it boasts five entry stairways guarded by huge elephants with their trunks serving as pillars. Bring your camera to capture the magnificent bas-relief. See Terrace of the Elephants and all Siem Reap has to offer by arranging your trip with our Siem Reap itinerary maker.
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  • This is a nice stop as you're sightseeing the Angkor Thom temple. Has bas-reliefs of elephants and other figures. Nearby is the wall of concubines - also worth a look.  more »
  • Amazing experience everywhere you turn there is another wonder Ankor is the gift that just keeps on giving.  more »
  • Named for the carvings of lephants on the eastern face, the terrace is 350 m long. The Terrace was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king's grand audie...  more »
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  • This place was ordered to build by Khmer King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th or early 13th century. The northern of the terrace contains contain gorgeous carvings especially the depictions of Khmer warriors and dancers and five-headed horse bas-relief. Before noon, it is easy to capture a good photograph. At the south section, there are full-size elephant carvings that will make you feel like you are in an Ancient Cambodia. The feeling is amazing if you stand on this terrace and imagine about the elephants and warriors as well as musicians.
  • Terrace where king celebrated Royal events during that time. Lots of elephant carving too.
  • This place has some beautiful bas reliefs. If you catch them at the right time of the day, the sun casts beautiful light on them which makes for amazing photos.
  • Located within the smaller tour circuit, the elephant terrace features some interesting reliefs. Nothing special to write home for, except this place was used for military parade.
  • Plenty of interesting sites to visit in that area. If you pay attention to the details, figures, carvings you can return wth a rich experience. Less tourists than in Angkor Wat...great picture possibilities.