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“Remote Buddhist Ruins”
Review of Preah Khan

Preah Khan
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Full Day Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temples Tour
Ranked #21 of 191 things to do in Siem Reap
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Preah Khan is another site where the jungle has been succeeding at reclaiming the temple. The middle of the site is a Buddhist sanctuary, but there are many Hindu carvings outside the central structure. I love the pictures of trees and ruins together. This temple is less crowded because its farther than the other temples from Siem Reap.

3  Thank JDandAnna
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is one of the smaller temples but very beautiful because of the unique way the trees have grown over the buildings in a few locations. There are so many temples you just cant imagine the scope of Siem Reap until you go there.

I have read complaints about the hawkers mobbing you from out of the forest and yes it is true. They are a bit relentless yet as is the custom in Cambodia they are always polite. On the other side to this coin it is worth considering that some people are extremely poor by western standards and so your one or two dollars spent at a temple on a fridge magnet you don't really want will mean a great deal to the seller.

Take a few one dollar notes with you when you go to the temples and you will get back kindness and goodwill in spades.

You will not forget this gorgeous location or the people.

1  Thank Richard B
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

It would be hard to talk about Preah Khan without comparing it to the nearby Ta Prohm. Like Ta Prohm, this place was built by the same Khmer king and has been left largely unrestored, so you will find large trees growing atop and among the temple ruins.

However, I prefer Preah Khan to Ta Prohm because it is less touristy, as Ta Prohm was featured in the movie Tomb Raider. This made the visit to Preah Khan a much more scenic experience for me.

2  Thank Samuel C
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Preah Khan is my favourite temple. Unique in it's own way. My partner and i I visited the temple around 4ish in the afternoon and it was pouring heavily. We literally have the whole place to ourselves; along with a group of 3 ppl and another couple. We came across a local man dressed in uniform who was in the temple; he showed and explained to us a big "candle lamp" look alike thing when taken with your camera at a certain angle combined with a hole on the wall; creates a lit candle. Picturesque indeed. He kept offering to hold my camera and help me take pictures but because we're well aware of scams; we just kindly denied his offer. Just to be cautious. Nevertheless exploring Preah Khan in the rain is one of a kind experience. Despite the rain, the temple and the surroundings is just absolutely beautiful!

4  Thank Shewie207
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Very near Angkor Thom, again with magnificent walls surrounding the area with giant tree roots still amongst it.

1  Thank ericwongSL1976
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