via Cambodianess, 05 August 2023: The Preah Khan temple in Cambodia, built under King Jayavarman VII, showcases a blend of Hindu and Buddhist features, reflecting the historical shifts in religious practices and the king’s attempt to harmonize the two religions.
With its entrance decorated with human-sized sculptures similar to those in Angkor Thom city, the Preah Khan temple as it stands today combines Hindu and Buddhist features in harmony. But the history that led to its alterations during the Angkorian era was not always that harmonious.
Preah Khan, which translates as the “sacred sword,” was built in the late 12th century under the supervision of King Jayavarman VII, one of the most famous kings of the Khmer Empire. About 6.5 kilometers north of Angkor Wat temple, Preah Khan is also a main tourist attraction in the Angkor Archeological Park—a Unesco’s World Heritage Site—in Siem Reap province.