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“Demons,snakes and leprosy make for interesting visit”

Terrace of the Leper King
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Do you like carvings of nagas,demons and mythological creatures? well,you have come to the right place.It was named for the statue of 'the leper king' that sits on top. Why the statue is named as the 'leper king' is a matter of debate. Some argue that that when it was found, its lichen-eaten condition gave it the appearance of leprosy.
In the stifling heat who is going to argue?

Thank Eli B
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

A double wall at the end of the terrace of the elephants filled with carvings of nagas, demons and other mythological beings. Well worth a walk through if you are in that area.

1  Thank nellielim
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Grant this terrace a visit while walking the Angkor Thom area, you wont regret it.
Setteled at the end of the terrace of the elephants, you can walk through a little wall-labirinth and will find yourself on top of the terrace, where the statue is located.
There you can make a small donation, light up a smoke-stick and think :) .
When I was there I was completly on my own on top.
Worth a visit!

Thank Manuel V
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Because this terrace extends from the Terrace of the Elephants you could be forgiven for missing it, and if you had not done your research about the site you might not think it was anything very special. As others have said, there is the legend of a king who was a leper but it is unknown if the statue is of him. Some will tell you it is, others will tell you it isn't.

When we visited we had seen the other temples and it was getting incredibly hot and sweaty. So because there is no shade on the terrace, perhaps it's better to view it either early in the morning or late in the day.

The small restaurants and shops are right nearby so if you are after refreshment it's very convenient.

Thank KarynJane
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Why is it call the Terrace of the Leper King? At the time the site was found, there was a statue on top of a mound which has lost it's hand but not in a way that it's been cut off so people misunderstood it to connect the statue with a legend which says that there was one king of Angkor was a leper. But afterwards, another theory says that on top of the mound was supposed to held the cremation of the king. The statue itself is not the original statue, it is a replica, as the original one is placed in the National Museum in Phnom Penh.

In front of the mound there are 2 walls layers which is beautifully full carved with nagas, demons and other mythological beings, if I remember it right it's about the afterlife. Too bad we didn't spend enough time to see the relief in details as we have to reach Phnom Bakheng for the elephant ride.

2  Thank NiaHans
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