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Preah Khan, Siem Reap

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Part of the Angkor complex, Preah Khan consists of a Buddhist sanctuary surrounded by rectangular galleries. The 12th-century ruins enclosing an area of 56 hectares (140 acres) remain mostly unrestored and covered by vegetation. As you roam the carved corridors and walk through a myriad of doors, try to find hidden statues representing various scenes from Buddhist tradition. To visit Preah Khan on your trip to Siem Reap, use our Siem Reap trip builder tool.
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  • Some of the temples will stand out as your favourites and this was one. Loved the approach, the walk through it, and the incredible tree at the end. 
    Some of the temples will stand out as your favourites and this was one. Loved the approach, the walk through it, and the incredible tree at the end.  more »
  • Lots of good work has been done on reconstruction since it began in earnest. A team continues to work on it. The long corridor is most notable. There are police (?) who will try and lead you round.....  more
    Lots of good work has been done on reconstruction since it began in earnest. A team continues to work on it. The long corridor is most notable. There are police (?) who will try and lead you round.....  more »
  • The temple of "Preah Khan", or the "Temple of the Sacred Sword", was built by legendary King Jayavarman VII, in the 12th century, and was dedicated to his father, King Dharanindravarman. It is... 
    The temple of "Preah Khan", or the "Temple of the Sacred Sword", was built by legendary King Jayavarman VII, in the 12th century, and was dedicated to his father, King Dharanindravarman. It is...  more »
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  • There are 3 entrances to this temple. The temple have a very simple layout, but it feels like walking into a hall of infinity mirror. So cool! Many people will walk pass the library, because there is no sign to stop by. Like many other temples in Angkor, there aren’t much of artifacts or statues left, as there were all looted long time ago. Many of the halls are also left in ruin and you can’t walk into it.
  • Loved exploring this ruin. The Approach Guide describes 6-7 features to look for in this temple along with a guide on how to find them. It was quite the treasure hunt , trying to figure out where these features were. It's got elements of Hindu mythology which we loved like Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan and Reclining Vishnu.
  • A hidden gem of the Angkor Archaeological Park. Less visitors and quieter. Off the beaten track of the popular temples. A large ruins with a unique feature: two long corridors which run north/south and east/west. At the point where they intersect there's a stupa which, when viewed from a few meters back, has a what appears to be a flame at it's tip. This is created by a flame shaped hole in the wall which light into the darkened interior space. Well worth an hour or so of your time. Safe travels, Mega.
  • Less-known temple where you could see the long corridor of the temple which is very amazed. The temple itself has stunning two story structure which was built to keep the sword in the past.
  • A 12th century Buddhist-then-Hindu-then-Buddist again temple built by King Jayavarman VII, dedicated to the Sacred Sword, hence the name Preah (sacred) Khan (sword). One of the security guard served as our tour guide for this temple, giving us some very good historical insight to this temple, as well as the various nice spots to take good pictures. For which we gave him a USD5 tip for his service =) One of the interesting architecture of Preah Khan is the round pillars (instead of the usual square pillars) used for the two-storey building which used to house the sacred sword.

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