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The ceremonial approach to Preah Khan was from the east, where Jayavarman excavated a reservoir, the Jayatataka Baray. (Like so many things at Angkor, it was rectangular, measuring 900 meters north-south and 3,500 east-west. That may sound large, but Angkor already had two bigger barays, one on either side of Angkor Thom.) Behind the camera is the landing at which he might alight from his barge and proceed westward to the city he had commissioned. Its main gate lies in the distance. The bollards that line the 200 meter path contained small Buddha images, but they were removed by Jayavarman's son, who reverted to Hinduism.

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