There is a stone platform 350 meters long and 3 meters high in Tongwang City (also known as Great Angkor Wat) of Cambodia. In ancient times, this was the place where the king chose to ride war elephants. The war elephants have to fight before the winner can become the king's mount. The whole stone platform is carved with exquisite elephants, and there are three parallel stone carvings at the southern stage.
In the south, the elephant's trunk is covered with lotus flowers, and the elephant's head and platform are supported by the three-headed elephant. There are many Hindu gods, lions, birds, rhinoceroses, hippos and other animals carved on the surrounding walls. They are vivid and can also be seen in reliefs on hunting scenes. Some sculptures are still complete up to now, so we can see the exquisite artistic attainments at that time.
The war elephant steps are the place where the Khmer King held the celebration ceremony, and also the King's parade platform. Elephant platform is a relatively complete part of the Royal Palace in Angkor. The elephant-legged stone steps and elephant array reliefs are still clearly distinguishable. Unfortunately, we only stayed here for 20 minutes and did not climb above the elevator to view the air palace and the royal residence of Angkor and the adjacent King's Terrace.
Battle Elephant Platform, also known as Dou Elephant Platform, is located in the King Town of Angkor Tong, one of the attractions of Angkor Circle. The war elephant steps are the place where King Angkor inspects soldiers and war elephants. In front of them are the 12 zodiac towers, and behind them are the air palaces.
The Terraceof Elephants looked like a giant parade stand, once used by the Angkor Kings for celebrations and elephant fights. Legend has it that through the competition, the winning elephant can become the king's mount, while the loser can only carry stones and work hard. The walls under the platform of war elephants are carved with dense Buddha carvings, and the three-headed elephant mount of the God Indra, with its trunk linking to the ground, is still delicate although it has been broken. Zhou Daguan's "Zhenla Fengdu Ji" records that there was a magnificent wooden building on the platform, and there was a mirror shining on the pillars of the building.
Out of the palace's tourist area, there are two adjacent elephant fighting platforms and King Lao platforms. The Douxiangtai is located in the center of the palace, directly opposite the door of victory. The King greets the triumphant army or receives foreign emissaries. In Jiang Xun's explanation, he interprets Zhou Daguan's works. He also saw the King of Cambodia at that time. At that time, there were mirrors on the platform. But now, it is impossible to verify them. The main point here is the big one. The elephant trunk as the support of the pillar shape, as well as the Hindu god beast lifting platform sculpture, are very exquisite.
Siem Reap, Cambodia. From the air palace, you can walk here any way you go. This is a platform, below is a lawn. In ancient times, this was the place where the king inspected the army of war signs. An elephant, dressed in gold armour and carrying warriors, marched through the lawn, wondering what the king was thinking, and his indifferent eyes would not radiate warmth in the hot Khmer sun. After all, the soldiers on the expedition may never return.
The elephant was the most powerful mount in the King's parade. The whole elephant platform is full of elephant elements, which shows the prosperity of the dynasty at that time. Compared with the barren parade sites nowadays, it makes people lament the ruthlessness of time.