By Kent Davis
The mysterious 12th century Khmer temple of Preah Khan, once a religious city of 100,000 inhabitants, is now a peaceful destination surrounded by Cambodian jungle.
Built by King Jayavarman VII, the spiritual complex once served the Buddhist faith, Hindu gods, and perhaps was key to the king’s attempt to harmoniously blend the two faiths.
The temple features unique combinations of Garuda, the man-bird and his natural enemy, Naga, the snake god who factors as one of the progenitors of the Khmer race.
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