Preah Khan in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Explore and appreciate the historical wonder of Preah Khan Temple
Rated 4.5/5 (based on 201 reviews )
Best time to visit
Nov - Apr
About Preah Khan in Siem Reap
The temple of Preah Khan was built by King Jayavarman VII to honor his father and is located North-West of the Angkor Thom. The temple houses a number of cravings related to the Hindu mythology and Buddhist motifs are also present. The temple has been left largely unrestored, and nature has reclaimed most of the structures becoming one with the temples. The temple is built on the site of King Jayavarman VII’s victory over the Chams in 1191, and the name translates to mean ‘holy sword’ or ‘sacred sword.’ The temple is dedicated to the King’s father and houses the main image of ‘bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.’ The 5 sq. km temple city had multiple functions of being a University, a temple, and a city with almost 100,000 inhabitants.
Built on the northern edge of the Angkor archaeological park, the ‘flat’ design temple complex covers a total of 138 hectares of area guarded by walls and a moat as is common with all Khmer temples and cities. The walls have extensive carvings of ‘Garudas,’ and the temple itself have a number of chambers, courtyards, and shrines. The distinctive feature of the temple is its two pavilions, the sanctum sanctorum and the hall of dancers. The temple has been left unrestored to major extent similar to the Ta Prohm temple, and the trees and vegetation run rampant. The setting of an ancient temple in a dense jungle is somewhat of a theme at Angkor that seems to complement the architecture, design and the placement of the temples all seem natural making one belief there to be some hidden secrets in these hidden and lost temples.
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Safala Prasad Mahadik
Safala's 8 days trip to Siem ReapPunctual Service. Polite people. Beautiful Country. Polite people. Halong Bay was hands down the best part.
Lyeana's 6 days trip to Siem ReapThank you Hannah & Shubham for all the planning that went into this trip. Both were very prompt with messages and calls.. The drivers on the trip were very punctual always came in 15 mins before the given time which was really good as we didnt have to wait or call anyone. The package itself was very good. We changed it so many times but both Hannah and Shubham were very patient. All in all we had a very good trip. So thank you!
Chinmay Vinayak Joshi
Chinmay's 15 days trip to Siem ReapWell my testimonial matters the most because i am a hardcore critic when it comes to services. I was very skeptical while dealing with LVP Travels since i had read so many kinds of reviews online during my research and finalization. During my process of planning, i got lot of help from Jenny and she was very kind and happy to help. When i finally decided to go ahead with Jenny's company, i still had my doubts if the services will be delivered accurately without any hiccups. But I would say, Jenny did a commendable job in arrangement of the tour. She was in touch all through and wherever there were challenges she found out the way to deal with those to make my tour a memorable one. Just to mention, i had lots of discussions, agreements, disagreements with Jenny, but in the end the service was nice. Jenny you have earned this testimonial. Looking forward for more such associations.
Jaydeep's 2 days trip to Siem ReapIt was an awesome experience! All arrangements were as per itinerary promised. All pickups and activities were on dot time as mentioned. Henry, travel associate from S VIet was in constant touch and always available for any additional information or help. We were in good hands and good care was taken. Must say impressed and delighted with flawless planning. 10 on 10 for activities and accommodation, travel arrangements. I strongly recommend, if you are travelling Vietnam it has to be Travel Traingle and S VIet (Now Realistic Asia). I will definitely give first preference for my future holidays.
Karma Doma Bhutia
Karma's 7 days trip to Siem ReapThe trip was perfectly planned except for the lay over time everything went smoothly
Shruthi's 5 days trip to Siem ReapThank you Lana for a wonderful Cambodia vacation! Angkor wat , Ta prohm temple in Siem Reap and the royal palace in Phnom Penh
Prerna's 8 days trip to Siem ReapThank you Bamboo Hat Tours. My friend and I went to Cambodia and Vietnam. Just returned on the 12th. Sophie was really hands on. She coordinated everything perfectly and was just a call away. The hotels were very comfortable and the guides (The only guide with the red hat in Cambodia, Thom [May have got the name incorrect but she is 24 with a kid and fiercely independent for someone from her clan] in Sapa Valley and Tom at Halong Bay) were extremely efficient, helpful, and they put things across to us in simple, understandable english, which is a feat as english isn't their mother tongue and as guides who barely make 250 dollars a month during peak season, we were apperciative of the effort that they put in. I had read a lot on Angkor Wat, Sapa Valley and Halong Bay but what these guides told us was nothing short of a treasure trove of knowledge- straight from the horses' mouths, in this case, native Cambodians and Vietnamese. The staff at the hotels ((Mekong Angkor Palace, Diamond Legend Hotel, Apricot Cruise and Beautiful Sapa Hotel) were so so helpful as well. Everyone, including the lovely Pho lady and family beside Diamong Legend Hotel, was kind and uber hospitable. We are now planning a trip with Bamboo Hat for next April (Loas and Myanmar)...so will be contacting Sophie again. Why? Cause she and everyone associated with Bamboo Hat are damn good..thats why. :)
Jharna's 7 days trip to Siem ReapIt was a very well planned trip which covered all that we wanted ... my agent Shubham and Vicky (in Vietnam) were super promt and extremely efficient with everything .. overall we had an amazing time with no false promises or additional costs... only the 31st cruise party was disappointing and not as expected... also in Bana hills it was raining heavily (which we were not informed about) and so we couldn't do anything much and the day was almost wasted... MUA CAVES Exploring Hanoi Night market and DaNang adventure park was a lot of fun
Sumedha's 10 days trip to Siem ReapThe trip was great . Travel agents Ms. Julia & Ms. Jenny from LVP were extremely helpful. I thank them for their support. The guides & vehicles provided were also very good. Thanks for making our trip memorable.
Manjeet Singh Bhandari
Manjeet's 10 days trip to Siem ReapBut of problem faced with communicating with the hotel reception in general due to language issues, Nicely laid down International buffet breakfasts in all prpoperties and kudos to the attitude and humble attitude across stall in all hotels
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The temple was built by Jayavarman VII and dedicated to his father.
One should have at least 2 hours in hand to properly explore the site which has now largely been reclaimed by nature.
About 100,000 people including officials, dancers, teachers, and students lived in Preah Khan.
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