Monday, March 25, 2013

Terrace of the Elephants--Angkor Thom

The Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom. The terrace was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king's grand audience hall. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face.
Behind it was the royal palace which was constructed of wood and has long since disappeared.  

elephants complete with mahouts

Three-headed elephants on both sides of the steps

It is decorated with Garuda, large bird-like creatures that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology
a gaggle of Garuda

four giant Garuda

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