The Majestic Phreah Khan
In Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor Wat is the most famous temple and a must-visit place. Bayon, just a couple of kilometer away is also easy to reach and tempting. Ta Phrom is well-known as The Jungle Temple, where the movie Tomb Raider was used to use it as shooting location.
Another majestic temple to visit is Phreah Khan. It encloses area of 56 hectares (138 acres), one of the biggest site in Angkor complex. It was built by King Jayavarman VII, the same king who built Ta Phrom. Both Ta Phrom and Phreah Khan were built on the second half of 12th century. They share similar layout, but Phreah Khan today is still in reasonable state of preservation.
Ta Phrom was built as dedication to the King’s mother, while Phreah Khan is dedicated to King’s father. It is believed that Phreah Khan was used to be the King’s temporary residence.
Enter the temple from east gate and don’t miss a giant tree over-riding east gopura. Make some shots then pass it to find Hall of Dancers. After that, make some steps to north to find a two-storeys building with round columns. However, the purpose of this Greek-style building remains unknown.
Wide angle lens mostly works out in this temple. Exploring the ruins and play with its lines and shapes. I found the columns in Hall of Dancers was found to play with framings. I also tried to play around with modified infra-red camera.
Best time to visit is both morning and afternoon. As the temple is vast, make sure you don’t lost yourself. Be good in your time management, there are still some more temples to visit but Phreah Khan is also have many angles and corners to be explored.