Preah Khan is a huge, highly explorable monastery complex,
full of carvings, passages and photo opportunities. It originally
served as a Buddhist monastery and school, housing over 1000
monks. For a short period it was also the residence of King
Jayavarman VII during the reconstruction of his permanent home
in Angkor Thom. Preah Khan means "Sacred Sword". In
harmony with the architecturally similar Ta Prohm, which was
dedicated to Jayavarman VII's mother, Preah Khan is dedicated
to his father. Like most of Jayavarman VII's monuments, the
Buddha images were vandalised in the later Hindu resurgence.
Some Buddha carvings in the central corridor have been crudely
carved over with Bodhisattvas, and in a couple of odd cases,
a lotus flower and linga.