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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  • This turned out to be my favorite of the 20 or so temples we spent time at. It is complex, beautiful, has sections that have been somewhat restored, and yet there are areas untouched so it reminded me...  more »
  • Well definitely not to be missed while visiting siem reap. Visiting this site is part of the grand Circuit. Worth a long visit given the large size and beauty
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  • This was for us the most beautiful temple (by far)! We went in at 7.45 and there was hardly anyone there... The temple has the perfect balance between overgrown and kept in order, which (finally!) cre...  more »
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  • I loved this temple because of the way it interacted with it surrounding nature. To me, it felt like the two were entwined, which gave the temple a really beautiful feel. It was also so large & detailed - I really loved some of the engravings.
  • This is a male temple that the king honor his father, according to our guide. It has a platform to store the sword where you can oversee the main area of the whole temple. The library building beside it also looks beautiful and perfect for pictures! Coming from the west gate you can walk through the beautiful jungle.
  • Preah Khan was a very calm beautiful end to my day, I visited just before closing time as the sun was setting, and it was a nice contrast compared to some of the busier temples. It isn't completely restored but I liked it for that reason. It was interesting to guess at what it once looked like, and I felt it provided for a more "adventurous" experience as you can dip into small doorways and skirt around collapsed rooms. The trees creeping their way into the walls was another interesting scene, wish I had a little more time to really explore it!
  • My very first introduction to Angkor temples. Absolutely amazing. Pay attention to all the Apsaras, look at the details. So mesmerizing!
  • This is a pretty big temple and as you enter from the west gate, you will first be welcome by two rows of statues leading to the main entrance. The temple is not a temple mountain so there is no climbing involve. The temple is well aligned so you can see right through the doorway from west to east. This temple is not fully restored and is kept in a semi broken condition. It is a less crowded and bigger version of Ta Prohm. There are places where the treea had won over the temple. Do not miss out this wonderful temple for a relaxing and peaceful experience.

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