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Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
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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  • Walk away from watching the Bayon Temple and wide grass! I was in out look better painted elephants, so you'll know.
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  • It's the Wandering Yank here. Mrs. Yank and I spent 3 days touring the Angkor area recently with a driver and guide, and this was one of our many unforgettable stops (see my many other reviews of Siem...  read more »
  • On the external wall of Angkor Thom, found the Terrace of Elephants. This part of the ancient wall was decorated by crafted elephants' heads and trunks. It also featured 2 brave aggressive creatures n...  read more »
  • The statue was called the "Leper King" because discoloration and moss growing along it was reminiscent of a person with leprosy, and also because it fit in with a Cambodian legend of an Angkorian king Yasovarman who had leprosy Cambodian legend of an Angkorian king Yasovarman I who had leprosy
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I love elephants! And so I loved this terrace. Its simple enough, just a few elephants carved out of stone, but I totally loved it. Definitely go!
  • Absolutely beautiful carvings here, an unique corner of the park.
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