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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  • 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 »
  • This was just multiple elephant carvings on a wall. However, the wall was over 100 metres long. Itwas boring after one taken a pic. 
    This was just multiple elephant carvings on a wall. However, the wall was over 100 metres long. Itwas boring after one taken a pic.  more »
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  • Although not as spectacular as other temples in the complex, the terrace of elephants can be viewed quickly while walking around - which is a nice break from taking transport between each site. I suggest this spot for those looking to get away from the business of the more popular temples but do not recommend it for those wanting to see the biggest and best while short on time.
  • Awesome sites. Be ready for a good workout of walking if you want to enjoy. Go early so it won't be hot.
  • This whole area is incredible. Massive. Amazing carvings.
  • Centrally located to the Bayon Temple and not far from Angkor Wat so easy to visit. Not vast at all but as it was essentially a platform for the emperor to view processions it feels very different to the temples. The façade has elegant elephant heads and metres of wall relief covered in elephants. However, the best part is missed by many people - hunt out the hidden pathway that runs behind the facade (on right side as you face the front). It is jam-packed with sculptures of deities etc. Feels like a secret find as it is so secluded.
  • It's part of the Bayom Temple area, where statues of elephants "support" the temple. Beautiful long trunks and exquisite carvings can be found in this area. The terrace is large and it leads the way to Angkor Wat.

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