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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. Put Preah Khan into our Siem Reap tour planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Siem Reap offers attractive accommodations on every budget. Inexpensive family-run guesthouses provide clean, private rooms with access to the host's wealth of information. Hostels catering to backpackers cluster around the old market squares. Four- and five-star resorts welcome guests to retreat from the city into sleek modern interiors or rustic village havens, while mid-range hotels with sparkling pools fill in the spectrum. All can be booked online in advance, but with the abundant options at hand you shouldn't have much trouble finding a room upon arrival.
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  • We enjoyed a beautiful tut-tut drive through the country to visit this exquisite temple that was built before Angkor What.  more »
  • This is one of the larger temples. Not as large as Angkor Wat, obviously, but you still need to schedule a few hours at least. There are seemingly endless rows of galleries and courtyards, but if you ...  more »
  • Preah Khan also known as "Royal Sword" is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII to honor his father. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largel...  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.