The Terrace of the Elephants

A platform from which to view a victorious army

By Alistair Bancroft

Asia

Asia

The Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a ruined temple complex in Cambodia. The Terrace of the Elephants is situated by the side of the Bayon temples, within the city walls of Angkor Thom.

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The Terrace of the Elephants, so called because of the stunning carvings of elephants as far as the eye can see, is a beautifully renovated terrace within the Angkor Thom, at slightly over 300m long.

The terrace was used for royal reviews of parades. Image: Alistair Bancroft

The terrace was used for royal reviews of parades. Image: Alistair Bancroft

The imposing terrace was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army.

Intricately carved elephant figures. Image: Alistair Bancroft

Intricately carved elephant figures. Image: Alistair Bancroft

Elephants have quite a history in Cambodia, symbolising strength and power - not only physical but also mental and spiritual.

Alistair Bancroft

Alistair is a technologist based in London. Follow Alistair on Twitter @0_7734.