Preah Khan Temple

Attraction Preah Khan Temple Angkor Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
04:30 PM
05:30 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Preah Khan is a very gorgeous temple of Buddhism and Hinduism provide the visitors with an impressive structure, great views and a quiet ambience.

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Why Preah Khan Temple is special ?

Preah Khan (Khmer: ប្រាសាទព្រះខ័ន; "Royal Sword") is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. It is located northeast of Angkor Thom and just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated. It was the centre of a substantial organisation, with almost 100,000 officials and servants. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.

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What to explore at Preah Khan Temple?

The temple grounds are divided into four enclosures:

- The 4th enclosure contained within the moat is over 900 meters long and 750 meters wide. This space was occupied by long gone wooden houses of villagers and servants.

- The third enclosure measures 220 meters long and 165 meters wide. At the gopura of the East entrance which consists of 3 towers is a very well preserved guardian lion statue. The carved depictions of the Buddha have been altered to praying Rishis. Just past the gopura is a well preserved Hall of Dancers with beautiful Devatas carved above the entrance doors.

- The second enclosure was added at a later stage. As a result, the space between the first and second enclosure is very small. Six sanctuary buildings were built between the two enclosures on the East side of the temple.

- The first enclosure which contains the inner sanctuary, the most sacred part of the temple, is a square area measuring 55 meters on all sides. The surrounding wall contains Buddha images, that have escaped the destruction of the Hindu reaction of the 13th century. The inner sanctuary consists of four parts, divided by a gallery with a cruciform floor plan.

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How to get to Preah Khan Temple?

Preah Khan is located 2 km northeast of Angkor Thom and about 22 km from Siem Reap town center (33 minutes by car, 45 minutes by Tuk Tuk)

Source: http://www.aboutasiatravel.com/

Selling points

  • One of the Jewels of Angkor area
  • The temple of mirroring doors anon a jungle setting
  • Peaceful, stunning and enigmatic
  • Amazing place to explore history and religion
  • Intricate stone work, undisturbed beauty
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3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
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Tips for you

  • The Preah Khan stele contains a wealth of information about the history of the temple
    Hictoric
  • It is one of the most popular postcard subjects which you can buy 10 of for only 1 dollar
    Shopping
  • The Buddha images carved into the boundary stones have been destroyed.
    What to see
  • The wall of the fourth enclosure contains 5 meter high Garudas fighting Naga snakes that are amazing.
    What to see
  • Along the walkway to the third enclosure is a well preserved Dharmasala or “house of fire”.
    What to see
  • The gopura gate of the Eastern main entrance consists of 3 towers, the central one being the largest, which contains an entrance gate large enough for elephants to pass.
    What to see
  • Between the Hall of Dancers and the second enclosure is a courtyard with two very small library buildings.
    What to see
  • Between the second and third enclosure are three satellite temples.
    What to see
  • You should not forget to bing a hat and lots of sunscreen. The sunlight is really a problem.
    What to bring
  • The numerous galleries and passages of Prea Khan offer some great photo opportunities, so you should not forget to bring your camera.
    Photography
  • In order to optimize your visits, you can head to Preah Khan early in the morning and Ta Prom late afternoon.
    Experience
  • There are some guys trying to offer you a tour around the temple and you have to pay for them. So you should beware that.
    Experience
  • You should go there ideally before 8am to beat crowds and you will be rewarded with magic
    Timming

Reviews

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Go early in the morning (shortly after sunrise) to have the place to yourself.

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Check out the two intertwining trees just outside the East Gate. Incredible!

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The best temple to visit. On the East entrance is the picturesque Preah Khan lake (not shown on google map). A beautiful canal surrounds the temple.

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so beautiful temple

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Everything is 1usd. But when we want to buy..they increase the price to 20usd

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Preah Khan is a little more out of the way meaning that you get less people in a huge temple. It's a great place and it took me about an hour to fully explore (even then I must have left out loads of details). It's amazing seeing how a portion of the temple is steeped in Buddhist traditions (bigger doors) and the other Hinduism (lingas everywhere). I felt that this temple had more details and gave a clearer idea as to how the temples could have possibly looked (there was more carvings that hadn't been as touched). It's worth your time to also look through these little gates where the rubbles are to understand how the Apsara are doing their restoration work.

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Preah Khan is so magical, it is my favourite temple.. not as crowded as the main temple.If you go alone, like other temples there will be locals wanting to show you around and expecting pay at the end, I gave $5 to the Cambodian that showed me around, totally worth it coming away with some amazing photos and load of information.Definitely worth the visit.

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It was great. I spent a week in Siem Reap and really feel that Preah Khan was my favourite place. It is more than a temple. I has a has the dimensions of a town. There are so many photo ops here. It is less crowded and therefore has more of a magical feel....

TripAdvisor View more

Preah Khan is a little more out of the way meaning that you get less people in a huge temple. It's a great place and it took me about an hour to fully explore (even then I must have left out loads of details). It's amazing seeing how a portion of the temple is steeped in Buddhist traditions (bigger doors) and the other Hinduism (lingas everywhere). I felt that this temple had more details and gave a clearer idea as to how the temples could have possibly looked (there was more carvings that hadn't been as touched). It's worth your time to also look through these little gates where the rubbles are to understand how the Apsara are doing their restoration work.

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This is the most impressive temple I've seen, huge and have many big big stone, big big tree,amazing.There is a beautiful lake outside temple

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