This 300 metre long terrace of the elephants lies north of Bayon in the heart of Angkor Thom, it was constructed in the late 12th century by king Jayavarman VII and later added to in the 13th century by Jayavarman VIII. The terrace forms the east wall of the Royal enclosure, and at the northern end is the Terrace of the Leper King.
Along the length of the wall there are intricate carvings of elephants, going about their elephant life in ancient Khmer civilisation. There are three sets of staircases, one in the centre and one at each end, of them, the central staircase is the grandest.
As the wall faces to the east, it recieves the best sunlight for photography in the morning, after noon the wall is in shade.
See also the Terrace of the Leper King which lies to the north, and Bayon to the south of the Elephant Terrace.