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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  • October 3, 2017
    this is placed 600m away from the Bayon temple. There is nothing at all besides the structures of elephant. it is an open space.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    As the name suggests, The Terrace of the Elephants is carved wit lots and lots of elephants, along with a generous sprinkling of garudas and lion like creatures. Once supported the royal reception are...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Throughout this terrace of pictures to take. It then lets you enter the temple
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  • May 2, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    Definitely not the most elaborate structure here, but it's worth stopping and seeing
  • May 18, 2017
    The wall of Elephants look nice, but hard to get the texture to show up in picture.
  • June 2, 2017
    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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