Consecrated in 961, this temple is best visited at sunset when the surrounding rice fields are lit up by the setting sun. Located to the south of the East Mebon, it has a pyramidal base, five huge brick sanctuaries at ground floor, twelve sanctuaries on the second level of the pyramid and five towers at the top floor. Do not miss the devatas of the south-west sanctuary.
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In the late 12th century (the main divinity of the Temple was dedicated in 1191), Preah Khan (or “Sacred Sword”) was a considerable city as well as a Buddhist university. Today, it is a temple that invites visitors to meander slowly through and admire the architecture, decoration, the famous Hall of Dancers and, of course, the giant “fromagers”.
Dedicated on 25 January 880 by King Indravarman I to his ancestors, the temple also called Holy Bull, features particularly refined stucco work on its brick walls.
Elegant brick temple, it consists of six towers on a single base. Shiva was the main divinity worshiped at Preah Ko.
Built in laterite, these twelve small towers are situated at the edge of the Royal palace. For scholars, they were sanctuaries or reception hall. According to Chinese diplomat, Zhou Daguan (13th century), they were once the seat of arbitration for conflicts handed over the celestial judgment.