Terrace of the Elephants

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 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 in the late 12th century, this temple was built in typical Bayon style as a Buddhist affiliated temple. The wall faces east so the best lighting for photography is before noon, and up to half an hour could be spent here.

Terrace of the Elephants


Late 12th century




Jayavarman VII