The Terrace of the Elephants is located in Angkor Thom, once the capital of Khmer Empire. It’s about 350 meter long and 2 meter and half tall. It was utilized as a giant stage for the public ceremonies and served as the base for the king’s grand audience hall. The Terrace of the Elephants is in front of the Royal Palace area, next to Terrace of Leper King. Most part of the original structure was made of organic material since disappeared. Most of the remaining part are the foundation platforms of the complex. The terrace is named for the sculpture and carving of elephants on its eastern face.
There are five stairways upward to the terrace from the central part, with a central stairway to the road area facing the Victory Gate connecting the Royal Palace. Two smaller stairways is on both side of the central stairway and two more are at both end of the terrace. The platform of the terrace is decorated with Naga railings.
The middle section of the existing wall is decorated with lions and garudas. Garudas are mythical birds which used as the vehicle of Vishnu go.It is also known for being the fierce enemies of nagas, the seven headed serpents representing rainbows. Alongside of the garudas are small sections of walls depicting figures of men with lion heads. Both garudas and lion-headed men are carved with their hands raised above their head level.