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  • Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset
  • Admission: 80,000 riel

Preah Khan was built around the same time as Angkor Thom, and like it was conceived as a whole city, though on a smaller scale. It was erected on the site of an important military victory and its outer perimeter is guarded by 72 stone garudas (winged mythological creatures depicted throughout Southeast Asia).

A stupa (a domed structure holding Buddhist relics) and numerous smaller Hindu temples indicate the spiritual mix that Preah Khan embodied. In later years it was renowned as a center of scholarly Buddhism.

The restoration program has left mighty silk-cotton tree roots undisturbed; they make an awe-inspiring sight, appearing to wrestle with the stonework. Elsewhere a two-story, round-columned pavilion of uncertain purpose is a charming, free-standing oddity.

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Preah Khan is the northernmost of the regularly-visited sites in Angkor Archeological Park, being 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the center of Siem Reap.

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Private Tour: Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Be mesmerized by Angkor Wat and other magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire on this private tour from Siem Reap! Beginning at the south gate of Angkor Thom ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Private Tour: Angkor Wat Ancient Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Visit Cambodia's magnificent Angkor temple complex on this private full-day Angkor Wat tour from Siem Reap. In the morning, visit the Roluos Temple Group, ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99

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