Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap

Terrace of the Elephants, Siem Reap (must see)

The Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a ruined temple complex in Cambodia. The terrace was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. It was attached to the palace of Phimeanakas, of which only a few ruins remain. Most of the original structure was made of organic material and has long since disappeared. Most of what remains are the foundation platforms of the complex. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face.

The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king's grand audience hall. It has five outworks extending towards the Central Square-three in the centre and one at each end. The middle section of the retaining wall is decorated with life size garuda and lions; towards either end are the two parts of the famous parade of elephants complete with their Khmer mahouts.

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Terrace of the Elephants on Map

Sight Name: Terrace of the Elephants
Sight Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Create Your Own Walk in Siem Reap

Create Your Own Walk in Siem Reap

Creating your own self-guided walk in Siem Reap is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Siem Reap Introduction Walk

Siem Reap Introduction Walk

Siem Reap, the capital of the eponymous province in northern Cambodia, is a major tourist destination of South-East Asia, in large part due to its closeness to the ancient ruins of Angkor, dating back as far as the 9th–15th centuries, part of which is pictured on Cambodia’s national flag. Take this orientation walk to explore the top attractions of Angkor Thom.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Siem Reap Temples

Siem Reap Temples

Siem Reap is famous for ancient Hindu temples. These temples serve as proof of the ancient Khmer civilization. Angkor Wat, or Angkor temple, features several remnants from this civilization. Explore old Hindu mythology, traditions, and religion with the Siem Reap Temples.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Shopping in Siem Reap

Shopping in Siem Reap

Siem Reap offers an exceptional shopping experience, thanks to the collection of Cambodian souvenirs, silks, contemporary art, and other goods offered. In the last few years, Siem Reap has witnessed an economic boom in new shops.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles