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Terrace of the Leper King

Leper King Terrace (Khmer: ព្រះ លាន ស្តេ ច គម្លង់, Preah Learn Sdech Kunlung) is located in the north-west corner of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom in Cambodia. It was built in the Bayon style under Jayavarman VII, although its modern name derives from a 15th century sculpture discovered on the site. The statue represents the Hindu god Yama, the god of death.

Leper King Terrace (Khmer: ព្រះ លាន ស្តេ ច គម្លង់, Preah Learn Sdech Kunlung) is located in the north-west corner of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom in Cambodia. It was built in the Bayon style under Jayavarman VII, although its modern name derives from a 15th century sculpture discovered on the site. The statue represents the Hindu god Yama, the god of death.

The statue was called "Leper King" because the discoloration and growth of moss on it were reminiscent of a person with leprosy, and also because it fitted with a Cambodian legend of an Angkorian king, Yasovarman I, who had leprosy. The name that the Cambodians know, however, is Dharmaraja [2], because it is what was engraved in the bottom of the original statue.

The U-shaped structure is thought to have been used as a real cremation site.

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