Preah Khan

Khmer RuinsBuilt in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII

Located 2 kilometers north-east of Angkor Thom on the Grand Circuit, Preah Khan or sometimes transliterated as Prah Khan, is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia.

This temple was built for King Jayavarman VII in the 12th century 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, Preah Khan is a rectilinear maze of enclosures and passages.

It’s largely unrestored, and is maintained with a view to preserving the ruin effect.

Preah Khan built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII

Preah Khan built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII

Preah Khan built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII