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 »
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  • Spectacular carvings on and around an enormous terrace that once served as the bridge between the royal palace and the public plaza. The only problem I have with the place is that ist is totally exposed and there is no shade so you will burn unless you came prepared. Other than that, the place is wonderful, the sculptures of elephant heads and trunks are very unique, and the level of detail, especially considering that it was built in the 11hundreds, is spectacular.
  • Good environment place for vacation and trips. You all can enjoy with take a bike visit around the temple.

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