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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. 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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  • Nestled between Baphuon Temple and Terrace of the Leper King lies Terrace of the Elephants. Compared to the Terrace of the Leper King this is extremely long. Purposed as a viewing platform for the... 
    Nestled between Baphuon Temple and Terrace of the Leper King lies Terrace of the Elephants. Compared to the Terrace of the Leper King this is extremely long. Purposed as a viewing platform for the...  more »
  • In the 12th century, King Jayavarman VII - the famous "builder" king of the Angkorian Empire - would stand at the top of this 300 mts long terrace wall (at the heart of "Angkor Thom" and overlooking.....  more
    In the 12th century, King Jayavarman VII - the famous "builder" king of the Angkorian Empire - would stand at the top of this 300 mts long terrace wall (at the heart of "Angkor Thom" and overlooking.....  more »
  • On your drive through Angkor Thom, it’s well worth a stop at the Elephant Terrace. The reliefs along the wall are great. Most people I noticed snapped a photo or two then moved on. I reckon it’s... 
    On your drive through Angkor Thom, it’s well worth a stop at the Elephant Terrace. The reliefs along the wall are great. Most people I noticed snapped a photo or two then moved on. I reckon it’s...  more »
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  • Lived in Siem Reap for a few months but Terrace of the Elephants was one of my most favorite places to visit and to see. The whole area surrounding it is also amazing
  • Bayon temple, Baphuon temple, Terrace of the Elephant and Terrace of the Leper King are a cluster of closely located archaeological sites all located within the large Angkor Thom site surrounded by a square moat. They are all built in the 12th century (except Baphuon temple which was built in the 11th century) when the Angkor Empire shifted from Angkor Wat to Angkor Thom. The large Budha faces on the towers of Bayon temple is spectacular. Similar to the architecture and construction style of Angkor Wat, Bayon temple is a mountain type temple and built with large sandstone blocks. Terrace of the Elephant is an extremely long structure, which is used as the observation and salutation platform for the King to inspect the parade of his army.
  • What a great day out along with the poodles Diesel n Daisy really beautiful walk amongst the stunning massive old trees and terraces of Elephants
  • a smaller part of the entire angkor geological park, yet still exhibiting the classic, ornate buddhist architecture of the late 12th/ early 13th century. most of the original natural material has disappeared due to environmental factors, and the flat terrace that remains is what you can see in front of a large gate, also looking into a large flat plain near the centre of angkor thom. king jayavarman the 7th would sit here and watch his victorious army return home through the victory gate on the east side of the angkor complex.
  • This site did not seem like it was as heavily trafficked as some of the other more popular temple destinations. For the life of me I don’t know why, because it is absolutely beautiful, as are all of these complexes out at the Angkor Wat archaeological Park. For touring the park, I would definitely recommend taking at least three whole days to do so, in part because whoever is driving you may get tired, and you might as well even though it’s so exciting to see each new place and you feel that second wind come over and it empowers you to go a bit further up and down stairs and deeper into the forest to see these beautiful places. That said, bring plenty of water and some snacks in your pockets.

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