Terrace of the Elephants

Attraction Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
04:00 PM
05:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
20.00 USD

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The Terrace of the Elephants in the Angkor area is a huge 2.5m high about 300m long platform with 5 staircases, 3 in the middle and one on each end.

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Why Terrace of the Elephants is special ?

The main staircase of the three in the middle at the Terrace of the Elephants is very important. This is the point with the best view over the whole area without any obstacle. This place was used by the King Jayavarman VII, dedicated to buddhist and replica to Bayon style of art, from where he could follow the games and celebrations. In the middle of the terrace there is a rostrum with elephants and a lotus seat. The middle stairs are furnished with naga railings and leads direct to the ‘sky palace’ named Phimeanakas.

What to explore at Terrace of the Elephants?

Elephants, horses, garudas and lions

At the Terrace of the Elephants you can see many bas-relief sculptures of elephants, horses, lions, dancers, and warriors. At the main wall you see carved garudas holding the structure above them. One of the garuda trampels on a naga. In one scene an elephant is fighting probably with a lion and further to the north you find a carved five-headed horse. On the surface of the terrace, you can still see the holes for parasol poles which were used when the king wanted to take a look at the games or ceremonies..

The elephants are ridden by servants and princes. The Terrace of the Elephants is located in the Royal Square of Angkor Thom and accessible entry from the road at the east.

The “Terrace of the Elephants” is a very popular place for many tourists.

Source: http://www.visit-angkor.org/ 

How to get to Terrace of the Elephants?

Terrace of the elephants is located in the Royal Square of Angkor Thom so you just need to enter Angkor Thom and look for this stop.

Selling points

  • Elephants in stone
  • The wider view
  • A very powerful and evocative mural
  • Great elephant murals
  • Excellent elephant carvings
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It is very large and difficult to walk around and the tuk tuk leaves you at the temple's entrance but you have to walk a lot to get back to the tuktuk parking lot, so if you have the time and energy go for it , if not you can skip it. It's not that interesting.

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