The Terrace of the Elephants

A platform from which to view a victorious army

Written by Alistair Bancroft

Cambodia TravelFebruary 28th, 2018

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.

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

The terrace was used for royal reviews of parades

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.

Intricately carved elephant figures.

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