Preah Khan is one of the last remaining remote structures in Siem Reap. Khmer King Jayavarman VII built it and dedicated it to his father, Dharanindravarman. Located about 2km from the dynasty's capital Angkor Thom, this massive complex is over 55 hectares, serving as a monastery and a learning center for Buddhist monks.
It was a unique structure in the Khmer empire that functioned as a city, a temple, and a Buddhist university. Over 15,000 monks, including many teachers and students, resided in Preah Khan during its zenith. The flourishing town consisted of hospitals, grain houses, rest homes, and other official public buildings. Like Ta Prohm, forests invaded parts of the temple, but some were left intact after excavation, adding a layer of mystery and beauty to the rubble. The growth of dense forests around the complex combines with the rich ruins, making Preah Khan one of the most visited attractions in Angkor park.
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