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Terrace of the Leper King and Tep Pranam

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Commencing where the Elephant Terrace left off, and believed to date to the 13th century, the 6m-high Terrace of the Leper King is so named for the statue of Yama, the God of the Underworld, atop it.

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Stark naked, a statue of Yama sits with one knee raised atop the terrace, surveying the Royal Square. Because it is tainted by discolouration and lichen, the statue was believed to be one of a leper, and the name stuck.

Impressive carving effort. Photo taken in or around Terrace of the Leper King and Tep Pranam, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

Impressive carving effort. Photo: Caroline Major

The statue you see today is a replica, with the original now in safe-keeping at the National Museum in Phnom Penh. Yama aside, the Leper King Terrace is decorated with seven levels (the top level is almost all gone) of bas relief carvings. Three of the four walls (east, north and south) are carved with very deep bas reliefs. The carvings on the north wall are among the best; keep an eye out for the sword ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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