Preah Khan (Khmer: ប្រាសាទព្រះខ័ន; "Royal Sword") is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII to honor his father.: 383–384, 389 : 174–176 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.
Preah Khan was built on the site of Jayavarman VII's victory over the invading Chams in 1191. Unusually the modern name, meaning "holy sword", is derived from the meaning of the original—Nagara Jayasri (holy city of victory). The site may previously have been occupied by the royal palaces of Yasovarman II and Tribhuvanadityavarman. The temple's foundation stela has provided considerable information about the history and administration of the site: the main image, of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara in the form of the king's father, was dedicated in 1191 (the king's mother had earlier been commemorated in the same way at Ta Prohm). 430 other deities also had shrines on the site, each of which received an allotment of food, clothing, perfume and even mosquito nets; the wealth and treasure of this ruin includes gold, silver, gems, 112,300 pearls and a cow with gilded horns. The institution combined the roles of city, temple and Buddhist university: there were 97,840 attendants and servants, including 1000 dancers and 1000 teachers.
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|Tuesday||7:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||7:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||7:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||7:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||7:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||7:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
Jan Torfs | Mar 2, 2018
This temple has been built by the King in honour of his father. It shows different entrances and a nice courtyard. Also nice to see are some wall carvings and the overgrowing trees. Further we have at the West Gate a double row of statues. Worth while to visit, less crowded and interesting for photo shooting.
kuno paulus | Mar 28, 2018
Extraordinary beautiful, huge temple that is not visited by many people. There are so many small ways carved in dark stone, half fallen apart, half covered by plants that it is not easy to find your way in this labyrinth. Great works of art in the walls. Amazing architecture. Yet walking there is quite hard as there are likely more steps than rooms.
Camille Mjx | Mar 31, 2018
My favorite Angkor temple... a true wonder. Please dear large group-tourists, have respect for this place and stop destroying everything in the temple complex like you do for the main ones. And leave your selfie sticks for another occasion.
Nicola D. | Feb 24, 2018
For me one of the most beautiful temple in the area! Very nice and you can really feel like and adventurer discovering this place again. Many small areas are totally "lost" within the temple itself and when you discover them, you'll be the only one there . Even if the temple is crowded.
TheKSL25 | Dec 30, 2017
This was the last temple we visited and it was a superb one to end on. It had lots of interesting elements - great entrances, beautiful walls, fascinating corridors and maze-like interior and plenty of good photo ops. Would recommend not missing this one even though it's ever so slightly out of the way.
NANDAN | Nov 26, 2017
I was wondering... if I will be able to find a huge tree growing on the top of a temple... and sit... enjoy... quietly... Here you can find it!!! A real chance to feel the atmosphere... Peaceful, and wonderful!!!
Belachan chan | May 25, 2018
I’m loving how the temple is being planned at a very secluded place. There is a long pathway which tourists will be greeted by trees before entering the area. The layout of the temple is pretty complex and there are a lot of hidden corner/area which WOWed me all the time. The stones carvings are as amazing too. It’s a temple that worth visiting when you’re around the Angkor area.
Man Kin | Jun 24, 2018
Wow:this place is big!!!:can you imagine how grand the place is during their days.Amazing:how they built such places is mind blowing.
Chris Abbott | Aug 8, 2018
The temple is still largely unrestored and well worth the visit We went here early in the morning and it was very quiet and could hear all the monkeys and wild animals in the surrounding Jungle. The temple itself is big and has many areas to explore and we spent over an hour there. We had a policeman take a photo for us which was great so we tipped him. Next to the candle flame you can find an echo room which was fun when you tapped your chest. Well worth the visit
Wei Yuet WONG | Aug 15, 2018
Wander by yourself off the little corridors. Escape from the crowd. Be careful of temple fatigue. Feels more wild.
Zeynep Cerrah | Jul 29, 2018
The temple is really beautiful and deserves to be seen in detail but I suggest you to look out for guides or some locals who seem to be trying to help you. They surely expect something in return for their help.
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