TERRACE OF THE ELEPHANTS

Inside Angkor Thom

The Terrace of the Elephants was build during the reign of King  Jayavarman VII, at the beginning of the 12th century. The huge platform was used for public ceremonies and was used an audience hall. The name of the site comes from a number of elephant sculptures at the ease side of the platform.

What’s so special about The Terrace of the Elephants

During his reign, king Jayavarman VII used the platform to listen to complaints from the citizens of Angkor, which he did on a daily bases. The Terrace of the Elephants is part of Angkors outer wall and around 300 meters in lengths. Originaly there was an outer and inner wall, but only the strong outer wall is intacts. 

Besides the elephant, there are u huge number of other carvings at different places on the platform, which makes it an interesting site to visit.

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How to get there?

The Terrace of the Elephants is located between the Bapuon temple and the Terrace of the Leper king. Most small and bigger tours will take you to the Terrace of the Elephants and if you’re visiting Angkor Thom with a tuktuk driver, it’s worth your time to make a stop at this site.

How much will it cost?

Just like all other monuments within the Angkor Thom area, you must have an Angkor Pass to enter the Terrace of the Elephants. You can get the Angkor Pass at the official ticket office and there are three different kind of passes available. A one day pass will cost you $37, two day’s $62 and three day’s $72.

What you should do!

The Terrace of the Elephants is a huge site and it’s advisable to book a tour when you want to visit this site. All tours include professional and qualified tour guides who can tell you everything about the fascinating history of Angkor Thom and the hundreds of different carvings in walls and monuments.

What you should not do!

Strict rules apply in the Archeological Park when it comes to the way you are dressed. Tank tops for men and halter-neck tops for ladies are not allowed.  Littering, flying drones, urinating or other indecent behavior will definitly get you in trouble. 

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