Inside Angkor Thom

Preah Palilay is a small temple inside Angkor Thom, just 400 meters away from the Phimeanakas temple. It’s a small sanctuary and the exact date that it was build is not known. The presence of Buddhist and Hindu elements make it difficult to determine when the temple was build, but the general idea is that is was build in the 13th century, during the reign of king Jayavarman VIII.

What to see at Preah Palilay?

Although the temple itself is relatively small, there are a lot of fascinating elements in and around the temple. The temple is build on a crossed platform and surrounded by seven nāga balustrades. 

Each of the three entrances of the temple have fascinating inscriptions that represent parts of the Buddha’s life. The entrance on the east shows the sacrifice of the forest animals. Around the temple there are a number of pediments. Some of the original pediments have been removed for safekeeping.


How to get to Preah Palilay?

The Preah Palilay temple located at the north-west side area in Angkor Thom, around 400 meters away from the Phimeanakas temple. Not many tours have this site in their package.

If you want to make sure you visit both Phimeanakas and Preah Palilay, your best choice is to visit Angkor Thom by tuktuk. Make sure your tuktuk driver can act as your guide or you can hire a personal guide.

How much will it cost?

To visit Angkor Thom, and the Preah Palilay temple, you need an Angkor Pass. It allows you entrance to many temples and monuments in and outside the Angkor Archaeological Park.

You can buy an Angkor Pass for 1 day ($37), three days ($62) or 7 days ($72).  You can buy the Angkor Pass At the Angkor Pass Ticket Counters and need to bring a photo.

What you should do!

Take some time to visit this site and if you combine your visit to Preah Palilay and are pressed by time, don’t stay to long at the Phimeanakas temple. Both sites are very nice to make photos or videos and the jungle surrounding Preah Palilay provides you with some protection against the heat.

What you should not do!

Strict rules apply in the Archaeological Park when it comes to the way you are dressed. Tank tops for men and halter-neck tops for ladies are not allowed.  Littering, flying drones, urinating or other indecent behavior will definitely get you in trouble.




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