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March 24, 2012

Terrace of Elephants


The Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half-meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall of Angkor Thom, once the capital city of Khmer Empire. The terrace was first built by Jayavarman VII with additions by later kings, featuring five staircases leading up to the 10' high platform used as a base for the King to observe his victory army returning.

 

 

The platform is furnished with naga railings and at the center of the terrace stands a high rostrum with elephants and a lotus seat. The main wall of the platform is adorned with carved elephants and garudas, hence its name.

The wall faces east so the best time to visit it and take some nice pictures is before noon. The Terrace of the Leper King can be found right at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants.

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