Located north of the Douxiangtai, the Laiwang Step is a seven-meter-high platform with many fine carvings on the parapet around it. The platform, where the Royal Crematorium was located, was named after a statue of Laiwang.
A building with many small reliefs, some floors are not high, there are many floors, walking in the passage, both sides are full of idols, it feels very strange. In the north of Douxiangtai, you will not miss it.
It doesn't look like a cremation platform at all. Few people come here to look at the reliefs carefully, but they are all strange and different. The reliefs of large and small figures are vivid and connected with the bucket elephant platform.
[view] This step was a bit cold at the beginning.
Obviously it is a labyrinth of exquisite reliefs, but there is a mysterious "elegant name", that is, the Leper King Terrace. Walking along the irregular passages of the relief corridor, you can see reliefs of gods with swords in hand, reliefs of 5, 7 and 9 snakes, Naga and many marine animals. The reliefs of these gods are rich in expressions, elegant in movements, and lifelike, as if they are telling the world a long-term story, which is imaginative!
I like the wall painting part of Leper King Terrace the most. Between the inner wall and the outer wall is a labyrinth-like passage with many reliefs depicting the situation of the palace. The platform is made of red clay and sandstone and is about six meters high. The inner wall relief depicts the gods and Asura together, which is intriguing. The nine heads of the Naga are evenly proportioned, the goddess statue has rich expressions, and the accessories of the gods are also different. You can calm down in the passage and observe and study carefully. The Leper King on the platform is a replica, and the original is hidden in the National Museum in Phnom Penh. The Leper King looks a bit scary. There are legends that he is a leper king. There are also legends that his beard and fangs are because he has become the king of Yama. I wanted to take a photo as a memorial, but I felt scared when I went to the front. I was scared, and didn't dare to take a closer look at the surrounding carvings. I left quickly, a bit regretful!
Preston_Dominguez: Leper King Terrace, Siem Reap
Jeremy_Dodson: I recommended Bayon Temple,Phnom Bakheng,Preah Khan,Angkor Thom,Phimeanakas