Preah Vihear Temple (Prasat Preah Vijear) Is The Newest UNESCO World Heritage Listing In Cambodia

One of the latest addition in 2008 to the UNESCO World Heritage List is the grand Preah Vihear Temple in Cambodia. The 900-year-old Preah Vihear Temple which is located in the Preah Vihear province (about 540 kilometers from Phnom Penh) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Cambodia. This Hindu temple in which the International Court of Justice has ruled belonged to Cambodia has been at the centre of a bitter 50-year dispute on the Thai-Cambodian border whereby there has been ongoing negotiations concerning the boundary between Cambodia and Thailand since the Preah Vihear Temple sits on a rocky escarpment that forms the natural border between Cambodia and Thailand.

Preah Vihear Temple is a famous Hindu temple sitting on top of a cliff in the Dangrek Mountains in Cambodia. The Preah Vihear Temple complex runs 800 meters along a north-south axis and is made up of a causeway and steps rising up the hill towards the sanctuary which is located on the cliff top at the southern end of the complex which depicts the religious function of the temple. The location of this Hindu temple allows tourists an amazing view of the vast plain and mountain range. This temple in Cambodia was built during the Khmer Empire and showcases many different architectural designs as the structure was modified by successive kings. The Preah Vihear Temple which began construction in the 9th century was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. This famous Cambodian temple is known for its excellent quality of the carved stone ornamentation whereby elements of the Banteay Srei designs can still be seen today. The major part of the Preah Vihear Temple was built during the reigns of the kings Suryavarman I and Suryavarman II. The best way to visit Preah Vihear Temple is to travel through the Kantharalak district in Sisaket Province of Thailand or you can travel along the road up the mountain from Anlong Veng. If you are at Preah Vihear Temple, you must not miss the spectacular sunrise or sunset sceneries.

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posted at 03:55:31 on 07/09/08 by webmaster - Category: Cambodia
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