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Preah Khan, Angkor

Preah Khan was my favorite of the Angkor temples. Not because it was the most beautiful in a classic sense, but because it was beautiful in it’s ruin. Time and the jungle had taken Preah Khan and reduced the grand temple complex into mostly rubble, but many beautiful carvings and statues remained.

Preah Khan was originally a Buddhist temple that was converted into a Hindu temple when Hinduism had a resurgence during the Khmer reign. The states and carvings of Buddha were altered to resemble Hindu gods.

This was also the temple that felt the most “India Jones”-ish to me, where you could escape the crowds and feel like you were exploring somewhere new.

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