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"Preah Khan" Cambodia Things to Do Tip by Rodan44

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  Apsara carving at Preah Khan
by Rodan44

Preah Khan is a large Buddhist monastic complex dating from the 12th century and built by King Jayavarman VII. It is full of lovely carvings, dark passageways, and places to explore, not to mention great photo ops. Preah Khan translates to 'sacred sword' and is dedicated to Jayavarman VII's father.

Note that like most of Jayavarman VII's other monuments, the Buddha carvings were vandalized during the later Hindu resurgence, mostly by having the head chipped away. Also note the cylindrical columns on the building west of the main temple. It is one of the only examples of round columns and may be from a later period.

Directions: 10km outside Siem Reap

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 28, 2004
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