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Terrace of the Elephants

Date of Construction:
Late 12th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation:
Buddhist
Patron or King:
Jayavarman VII
Artistic/Archeo. Style:
Bayon
Location:
Central Angkor Thom
Duration of Visit:
15-30 minutes
Time to Visit:
Anytime, but the light in the morning is the best.
Photography Notes:
Morning
Position:
13d26'45N  103d51'31E

Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half-meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and garudas spanning the front of Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace area at the heart of Angkor Thom. The northern section of the wall displays some particularly fine sculpture including the five headed horse and scenes of warriors and dancers. Constructed in part by Jayavarman VII and extended by his successor. The wall faces east so the best lighting for photography before noon. The Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants.

 

 

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