Terraces of the Elephants

The Elephant Terrace (Khmer: ព្រះលះលានជល់ដ់ដំរី) is located near the centre of the city of Angkor Thom, in front of the ruins of the Royal Palace, on the Angkor website in Cambodia.

It extends over a length of 300 m and its height varies from 3 to 5 m depending on the sections. It was probably a ceremonial terrace decorated with wooden structures that have since disappeared. It is bordered by a balustrade in the shape of a nâga.

From the top of this terrace King Jayavarman VII watched his victorious army march past after returning from the war against the Chams. It is these elephants in very cut-out high reliefs decorating the secondary stairs (South and central) that gave it its current name. Many elephants harnessed and mounted in bas-reliefs decorate a long length of them forming hunting scenes.

The Phimeanakas is immediately nearby, while on the other side of the triumphal path are the Prasat Suor Prat towers and the Khleangs. 

    

 

   



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