Preah Palilay Temple
As beautifully knotted trees grow out from the side of the walls, Preah Palilay Temple is a great place for the photo enthusiast to take some inspired and creative shots.
Nestled among the cool, shaded forest this small temple is not often visited and somewhat off the beaten tourist track – so it is possible that you could have the place to yourself.
The name Preah Palilay is believed to have taken from a mystical forest – Parilyyaka, which featured in stories from the Buddhist religion.
Because this temple contains both Buddhist and Hindu elements in its architecture, it is generally ascribed as being constructed by Jayavarman VII (1243-1295)…but no one knows for sure and some think this temple is much older than assumed.
Preah Palilay is modest in her beauty and one can only guess why it was built…or imagine the ancient people who came here.
A great place to sit, reflect or meditate for a while – here you can soak in the energy around you and be in a setting that most people only dream about.
TIP: This is a beautiful temple just to be alone, charge up your batteries and depending on what time of year you are here – you may very well have the place to yourself.
You also may want to see your article about Purchasing Temple Tickets for the key information you may want to know. There are lots of fun things to do in Siem Reap and it is a great place to come for a holiday.