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. Before you head to Siem Reap, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Siem Reap trip planner , to make sure you see all that Siem Reap has to offer, including Terrace of the Elephants.
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  • Fighting elephant Altar is an ancient newspaper, which can be imagined in ancient newspaper rituals. And there are many walls and carvings of elephants, very upright and beautiful.
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  • Ordinarily, this would be a great attraction in its own right, but it's surrounded by many more obvious, more impressive ruined monuments, so it seems a little plain. It's a huge long flat terrace, pe...  more »
  • I skipped straight past this “temple” due to the fact that locals are still practising elephants rides in the nearby fields situated adjacent to this site. It baffles me that tourists still think it’s...  more »
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  • It is a grand terrace for the king to review his army and other festive events. To feel what it is like to be the king, you must walk along the top of the terrace and stand at the main stand and admire and imagine what is spread in front from left to right. To admire the beauty of the terrace, walk at the ground level to enjoy the elephant carvings on the wall. If you have limited, do half of each.
  • Lots of intricate stone carving on the side walls. This attraction is at the mid-point between Preah Pilaly and the Bayon. It is stifling hot in the afternoons.
  • Definitely not the most elaborate structure here, but it's worth stopping and seeing
  • The wall of Elephants look nice, but hard to get the texture to show up in picture.
  • This is a huge terrace with sculptures of elephants walking around, being ridden, fighting and what not. The sculptures are not detailed but quite fluid in their movements and posture. At the tail end you have a sculpture of the three headed holy elephant.

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