Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom

Terrace Elephant
One of the elephant reliefs that gives the Terrace of the Elephants its name.

The Terrace of the Elephants is a simple yet impressive structure immediately east of the royal enclosure. It's basically just a stone wall two and a half-meters tall and 300 meters long, back-filled with earth. The stone face of the wall is richly carved, mostly with elephants, which is why it's called the Terrace of the Elephants.

The terrace faces a large open field, opposite the Prasats Sour Prat and the Kleangs, and you can easily imagine the terrace filled with members of the royal household to watch some spectacle being performed in the field.