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  • Address: Cambodia
  • 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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Full-Day Temples of Angkor Small Group Tour, Siem Reap, null

Full-Day Temples of Angkor Small Group Tour

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The temples of Angkor are truly one of the world's greatest archeological wonders, and this full-day, guided, small group tour is the perfect way to experience ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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