Photo: Nature keeps a tight grip.

Preah Khan

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Crumbling ruins, photogenic trees, imposing causeways, an impressive Hall of Dancers, a columned building recalling Roman architecture, detailed carvings, quiet corners… We could go on. Preah Khan, the highlight of the Grand Circuit route, has it all. And with large proportions, its charm is relatively unaffected by its popularity.

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Completed in 1191, the fascinating site of Preah Khan was built during the reign of Jayavarman VII and dedicated to his father (he dedicated nearby Ta Phrom to his mother).

Keep a look out. Photo taken in or around Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

Keep a look out. Photo: Caroline Major

Inscriptions also make reference to a lake of blood, which could refer to a battle in the area during the expelling of the Cham from Angkor. (The Cham king was killed where Preah Khan now stands). Thought to have been a religious university, when completed Preah Khan was home to in excess of 1,000 teachers, and had its own baray which ran out to the east of the site, but which has ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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