Terrace of the Elephants
Terrace of the Elephants
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada424 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
This terrace was used by the king and important people to watch elephant fights in the field below. The interesting part is when you walk down the steps and see the carvings along the base.
Written 11 February 2024
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Balasubramanian R
Chennai (Madras), India758 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Terrace of the Elephants is one of the tourist attraction in Angkor. It is a part of the walled city of Angkor Thom and the temple complex is ruined. The terrace was used by the King to watch his victorious returning army. The walls are carved with elephants.
Written 24 December 2023
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NapaCasual
Napa, CA197 contributions
Sept 2022 • Family
A wonderful place. We reccomend getting a guide and driver. Angkor wat is huge and there aren't signs.
Written 23 June 2023
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand780 contributions
Apr 2023
The detail to the elephants was quite incredible. Looks well restored and easy to find in Angkor thom after Bayon temple. Well worth a stop to have a look around.
Written 26 May 2023
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Soko37
Budapest, Hungary4,525 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Terrace of elephants are not probably direct interest and focus but when you pass many temples around, it is worth it. We were on the way from Bayon to another temples listed on small tour circuit
Written 1 May 2023
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pbp200
22 contributions
Apr 2023
Beautiful and all breathtaking. So much history to absorb. Highly recommend. A bit too hot in the pm especially after starting the day with a sun rise visit to Angkor Wat so plan accordingly.
Written 9 April 2023
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Purnima Jain
Bengaluru, India1,789 contributions
Nov 2022
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 King to watch the return of his victorious army as well as preside over public ceremonies, the lower foundation terrace walls have stone carved elephants lined up side by side, with their long trunks extending to the ground like columns, flanking the terrace access stairs. Their heads are topped and adorned with stone detail. Along the terrace foundation walls beyond the access steps the elephants stand in full body profile, along with mythological demons and animals.

We started walking along the main road from Baphuon Temple and saw a lot of elephant carvings, then somewhere in the middle we saw an entrance with Garudas and Lions and this leads to the entrance to the Royal Palace. Nothing exists of the Royal Palace except for Phimeanakas Temple.

Continuing along the same main road towards Terrace of the Leper King, we saw more elephant carvings, but right before the Terrace of the Leper King, there is a section of Terrace of the Elephants which is very ornate with amazing carvings of a multi-headed horses etc. I think they call it Grand Staircase, here you first climb up to the terrace and then you climb down a bunch of stairs and there are lot of carvings on the walls. The top of the terrace has impressive naga balustrade figures as well.

The 350m-long Terrace of the Elephants – decorated with parading elephants towards both ends – was used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall.

Along its length, the front wall is decorated with near life-size carvings of elephants alternating with a section of garuda and standing lions.
Written 16 December 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Jan 2020
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 the temples of "Baphuon", "Phimeanakas", the twelve towers of "Prasat Suor Prat" and the "Royal Palace") to welcome back his victorius troops and to host important public ceremonies or royal audiences. The "Terrace of the Elephants" wall/platform was adorned with beautiful carved elephants and garudas, but much of it has just disappeared along the centuries. It is recommended to visit the "Terrace of the Elephants" by noon, when it can be best pictured. Nice memories to take back home! Enjoy!
Written 27 October 2020
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chuckymustdie
Australia647 contributions
Mar 2020
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 worth a visit of about 15mins
Written 15 April 2020
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Gordon S
Guelph, Canada701 contributions
Feb 2020
This was just multiple elephant carvings on a wall. However, the wall was over 100 metres long. Itwas boring after one taken a pic.
Written 26 March 2020
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