Photo: One terrace, many elephants.

Terrace of Elephants

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As the name suggests, The Terrace of the Elephants is carved with lots and lots and lots of elephants and along with the Terrace of the Leper King, comprises the Royal Terraces. Try to visit here in early morning, when the elephants catch the morning light nicely.

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Built during the reign of Jayavarman VII and added to by Jayavarman VIII, the Elephant Terrace makes for an interesting stroll, though during the monsoon the ground near the terrace is often flooded or at least sodden so you will want to stick to the top.

The elephant in the room. Photo taken in or around Terrace of Elephants, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

The elephant in the room. Photo: Caroline Major

The three-metre high terrace includes five staircases: one at the north and south end and three running along its length, with the central set of stairs being the largest. In between the staircases, the wall is decorated with elephants and their mahouts in hunting scenes, along with a generous sprinkling of garudas and lion-like ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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