TERRACE OF THE LEPER KING

Inside Angkor Thom

The Terrace of the Leper King is located within Angkor Thom. It’s a huge site with many fascinating sculptures. The name of the site was given during the 15th century and relates to one of the statues at the site. It’s believed that a part of the Terrace of the leper King was used as a place where royals were cremated.

What’s so special about The Terrace of the Leper King?

The name of the site is related to one of the statue at the site that depicts the Hindu god Yama, better known as the God of death. Discoloration and moss growing on the statue made it look like very much like a person with leprosy. It also relates close to a Cambodian legend about Yasovarman I, who had leprosy. 

The Terrace of the Leper King is inside the Angkor Thom site, so it’s very easy to bring a quick visit. There are more sites within Angkor Thom and we advice you not to wonder along too long at the Terrace of the Leper King. 

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How to get there?

The best way to visit Angkor Thom and The Terrace of the Leper king is by joining one of the many tours. The Terrace is located within Angkor Thom and you will have no problem finding a tour that includes a visit to the Terrace of The Leper King. If you don’t want to visit this site by tour, you can also hire a tuktuk driver who can act as your personal guide.

How much will it cost?

Just like all other monuments within the Angkor Thom area, you must have an Angkor Pass to enter the site. You can get the Angkor Pass at the official ticket office. There are three different kind of passes available, depending on the number of day’s you need access to the Angkor Archaeological Park. A one day pass will cost you $37, two day’s $62 and three day’s $72.

What you should do!

If you’re planning to visit Angkor Thom, you should include this site in your trip, but don’t stay too long. Although it’s a very big site, the number of statues and monuments is relatively small in numbers. We don’t recommend to visit this site if you have no plans to visit the whole Angkor Thom area.

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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