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Preah Khan of Kompong Svay

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A temple of unparalleled dimensions whose glories were for so long shrouded in mystery, inaccessible to all but the most determined—or deranged—of travellers, the magic of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay is now available to all.

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By all we mean all those willing to undertake the 100 kilometre journey from Kompong Thom! These are still few, which means that the chances of being able to explore this astonishing, lushly vegetated site in splendid isolation are very high.

Imagine having this to explore by yourself? (Photo 2015). Photo taken in or around Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, Kompong Thom, Cambodia by Nicky Sullivan.

Imagine having this to explore by yourself? (Photo 2015). Photo: Nicky Sullivan

Located just 100 kilometres east of Angkor, on virtually the same latitude, Preah Khan’s first particularity is its orientation, which is on a north-south axis rather than the more customary east-west. Its second is its size. At 25 square kilometres, its scale is unequalled anywhere in Southeast Asia. The monastic complex consists of the enormous five kilometre enclosure walls, the central sanctuary, northern and southern libraries, a huge baray (reservoir) of 2,987 metres by 518 metres with a shrine in the middle, basins and moats.

It has been suggested by some that, alongside Banteay Chhmar just over 100 kilometres to the northwest of Angkor, Preah Khan of Kompong Svay may have been part of a great circular geographical mandala, with the centre turning on the seat of power at the Bayon temple of Angkor. The two sites are connected by a road via Beng Mealea, the original ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Preah Khan of Kompong Svay
100 km northwest of Kompong Thom

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