Terrace of the Leper King
Terrace of the Leper King
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Dr. Issa Abu-Dayyeh
Amman, Jordan4,542 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is a terrace right next to terrace of the elephants in the Angkor Tom complex where Bayon temple is found.

Easy to navigate and filled with impressive carvings. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Recommended!
Written January 9, 2020
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Greg Stevens
Sydney, Australia2,332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Part of the Angkor Thom complex of temples. Known for its rock carvings! You don’t need a lot of time, as you can walk around the walls and then upstairs in about 15 minutes!
Written October 1, 2022
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forestgraham
Chester, UK192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
The Terrace of the Leper King is almost a continuation of the Elephant terrace. Built in Bayon style under Jayavarman VII in the late 12th Century and thought to be named after Dharmarajah who suffered leprosy.

The original statue of Hindu God Yama is now housed in Phnom Phen's National Musuem, a replica stands where the original once graced.

The terrace itself isn't the draw here as it's still in a state of disrepair, awaiting renovation desperately. it's the wall side blue and grey, immaculate Hindu carvings that are to be marvelled as you wander down tight, 7ft tall alleys in cooling shade.

Viewed with The Elephant Terrace, I recommend a visit of 30 minutes. This is quite an exposed monument with little shade and although there were a number of vans selling refreshments, it would be prudent to be cautious against sun burn in the middle of the day!
Written December 7, 2016
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Purnima Jain
Bengaluru, India1,467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Terrace of the Leper King, just north of the Terrace of Elephants, is a 7m-high platform. On top of the platform or terrace stands a nude, though sexless, statue, said to be of the King who had Leprosy.

The front retaining walls of the terrace are decorated with at least five tiers of meticulously executed carvings.

At the base on the southern side of the Leper King (facing the Terrace of Elephants), there is narrow access to a hidden terrace with exquisitely preserved carvings. The figures, including nagas (mythical serpent-beings), look as fresh as if they had been carved yesterday.

You don’t need a lot of time, as you can walk around the walls and then upstairs in about 15 minutes but it is definitely worth doing.
Written December 17, 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Right at the royal square of the capital city of "Angkor Thom" and near the Northern side of the "Terrace of the Elephants", you will find this intriguing monument - the "Terrace of the Leper King". Its name derives from a statue that may depict Hinduism's god Yama, associated with death or final judgement. This same statue is also associated with Angkorian King Yasovarman I, who suffered from leprosy. Or, maybe just due to the colors of its magnificent bas-reliefs carvings that remember the illness. The original statue is actually kept at Phnon Penh's National Museum, but a copy of the "Leper King" statue was placed at its very same place. The terrace was built by King Jayavarman VII, in the 12th century, and was probably used for the royal cremation rites. A quick visit, a few pictures and you are done, but remember to do not miss the fantastically carved nagas, demons and other mythological beings. Enjoy!
Written October 27, 2020
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MPWEST10
Mandurah, Australia629 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
The Royal Terraces, comprising of the Terrace of the Elephants to the South and the Terrace of the Leper King to the North, form the Eastern boundary of the Royal Palace grounds. The statue was called the "Leper King" because discolouration and moss growing on it was reminiscent of a person with leprosy, and also because it fit in with a Cambodian legend of an Angkorian king Yasovarman I, who had leprosy. You don't necessarily have to get out and walk along the terrace, a slow drive by could be ample.. depending how templed out you are. the carvings are intricate but repetitive.
Written December 24, 2017
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Shresthanjan Nath
Guwahati, India603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
A must visit in Angkor Thom, it represents the architecture style of the Khmer rulers. The intricate carvings depict scenes from Hindu mythology, the Naga, the underworld, the apsaras and the various gods.
Written April 14, 2017
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Rebecca
Adelaide, Australia2,212 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
Our experience here was marred by the density of tourists vs, the narrow steps. It was single file up to the top, and there was a lot of waiting. There is no shade from the sun, it was brutal. Mainly my poor rating is simply comparing to the other temples. We saw 20+ temples in the Angkor area, so my bias is to see them all, but if you have to choose...
Written December 29, 2016
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emretuzer2015
Istanbul, Türkiye19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
Although the carvings on the wall are fascinating, I felt that hte overall feeling generated by this terrace was a little overrated compared to the buzz around its name.
Written December 24, 2015
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Max P
1,103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Just some erosion that is pronounced on the carving made on a particular type of sandstone. Take the time to have a good look at the various levels, all the carvings appear to have different facial features. Much shorter in length than the adjacent terrace of the elephants so it will only take 20-30 min at the max to give it due attention. Across the road is one of the main lunch stops with numerous open air cafes. A clean public toilet is another 100 m further along
Written October 13, 2014
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