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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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  • One look at anko - Le site images. Very photogenic relly - front opens the view from the top of the terrace, this is the best. However on the lawn under even stronger the reflected light and pretty hot. Guide children nowhere to block out the Sun, hot and cranky, just find a small shaded terrace and stood about. To your attention.
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  • Angkor ruins than tuk-tuk back to meet the famous promise to pick up points in the article. All of Angkor ruins are one by one take a look at the get go is carefully impressed, but on the whole already heat-weary tourists tipped pass for just a tuk-tuk rides easy place.
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  • One of my favorite places in the complex and that impresses you. Once you are there you feel the force that had this empire and the importance of the Khmers in the history of Southeast Asia
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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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