Venturing Through The Ancient Ruins Of Preah Khan In Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sure, there's Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple and all of the other elaborate structures contained within the Siem Reap region of Cambodia, but nothing beats ancient knowledge; therefore, this magnificently built temple, which had once served as a school for the ancient Angkor elite, is definitely top-of-the-list on ancient temples you must-see in this world.
**Backgrounder: Commissioned in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII in dedication to his father, Dharanindravarman II, Preah Khan was later repurposed to serve as a Buddhist University for the Angkor elite. Highly regarded as being 'Masters of Medicine' during the ancient times, one of the main subjects of learning at this university was medicine. At its peak, the school hosted over 1,000 teachers to oversee each of its programs. Interestingly enough, the school was built on the site of an ancient battle where the Angkor peoples attempted to reclaim their land from the invading Chams. Ultimately, during the battle, the mighty Cham King fell and the land was given back to the people of Angkor.**