Terrace of the Leper King overview
The Terrace of the Leper King is a terrace located in the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom, Cambodia. It is part of the larger Angkor Wat temple complex, which was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries. The terrace is named after a statue of a leper king that once stood on the terrace.
The terrace is a large platform surrounded by a wall and staircase. It was likely used for religious or royal ceremonies and may have served as a place for the king to receive visitors or watch over his kingdom. The terrace is decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, including gods, demons, and mythical creatures.
Today, the Terrace of the Leper King is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of Cambodia's rich cultural heritage. Visitors to the terrace can admire the intricate carvings and sculptures and learn about the history and significance of the Angkor Wat temple complex.
It is said that he is called the lei king because there is a theory that he was a king who had leprosy, but I don't know if it is true or not.
Below is a side view of the terrace after restoration.
Beautiful statues line the walls of the former terrace, which actually opens into this inner labyrinth of passages.
Terrace of the Leper King tours
Terrace of the Leper King is a part of Angkor Thom complex, and most of the tours that visit Angkor Thom pass the Terrrace. So you choose a Angkor Thom tour to visit there.