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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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  • Situated near Angkor Wat, this is just another of the many examples of fine stone sculptures this time in relief (not free-standing). This substantial site was in pretty good condition so it must have...  more »
  • Taking the whole terrace with a panoramic view is harder, it's even harder because there's plenty Remork blocking the view. Would definitely will enjoy it more if it wasn't so hot! It's definitely ver...  more »
  • As I love elephants I really wanted to have a look at this terrace. The carvings are wonderful and the terrace is best viewed from further back as you can get the full impact. Keep wondering and you c...  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.
  • 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.
  • The wall of Elephants look nice, but hard to get the texture to show up in picture.
  • I could feel the charm while walking on the Elephant Terrace. It is said that the king would view the elephant fight from this terrace.The carvings depict the purpose of the place.
  • Terraced walls, near to the royal palace, need a lot of walking