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 ornamental terrace wall within the city walls of Angkor Thom.

The terrace was used for royal reviews of parades

The terrace was used for royal reviews of parades

The imposing terrace - 350 metres long and 2.5 metres high - was built in the late 12th century, and was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army.

Today much of the original structure has long since rotted and collapsed, the terrace however has survived relatively intact, and the elephant carvings along its length are still relatively clear.

Intricately carved elephant figures.

Intricately carved elephant figures.

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

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