Terrace of Elephants
Almost life-size elephants are carved from the walls, while their trunks fall downward forming ornate pillars.
Terrace of Elephants is one of the most popular sites in Angkor Thom Archaeology Park and perhaps one of the grandest ancient royal terraces still well preserved. The decorated platform is believed to be where the Royals sat to watch all the pomp and ceremony of special events in the expansive performance area below.
The structure is a 300 meter (985 feet) long, 2.5 meter (8 feet) high and pays homage to the much respected elephants. The ancient Khmer people valued the mighty elephant for their strength and intelligence, which is depicted in many of their temples.
Terrace of Elephants consists of both an inner and outer wall: The inner wall was believed to have been built first and contains numerous carvings that include animals, warriors, and sporting events.
It is well preserved and thought to have been buried under soil during construction of the outer wall – and possibly the reason it is so well preserved.
Standing on top of the Terrance of Elephants you can view the large area below…located among a natural setting and feel the grandeur that this ancient site still holds.
With its beauty and ancient significance – it is part of the picture that we see unfold of how advanced and sophisticated this Khmer society lived.
Tip: If you are into photography the wall faces east – so the best lighting for photographs is before noon.