Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cambodia has many ancient and grandiose temples, whenever you visit, the ruins will leave an indelible impression.

Ancient capital Sambor Prei Kuk
Sambor Prei Kuk is a collection of 7th century temple ruins located in Kampong Thom - a province located at the central point of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Enntrance gate of Sambor Prei Kuk temple

Sambor Prei Kuk are the ruins of the city of Isanapura, the former capital of the ancient kingdom Chenla. Consisting three main complexes: Preah Sambor/North Group; Preah Tor (‘Lion Temple’)/Central Group (where takes place the main religious activities); Preah Yeay Poun/South Group of dozens of impressive brick prasats in semi-cleared jungle, 140 tubular temple and many ruins displaying excellent examples of ancient Khmer art and only slightly influenced by Indian architecture. Sambor Prei Kuk has earlier dating than the relics of Angkor, is a important destination for the serious temple visitor.

Sambor Prei Kuk is located in the north of the Kampong Thom province belonging to Great Lake region, situated beside the road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The ruins are about 35km outside of Kampong Thom town.
You can be visited in a day trip from Siem Reap or Phnom Penh by taxi after about 2 hours, fee: 5-10 US / person.

Phnom Chisor Temple
Situated on a hill of Takeo province, south of Phnom Penh, Phnom Chisor temple  was built under King Suryavarman I, the most powerful developing period of Angkor Empire is. At the time the temple was constructed, the mountain was known as Suryaparvata, "Mountain of the Sun God".

As most Angkorian temples of the period, Chisor Phnom is a temple of Hindu religion, worshiping Shiva and Vishnu. To reach the temple, there is a stone staircase having up to 412 steps, can be disinclined many tourists, but the quality of the ruins and the amazing view of the countryside from the mountaintop  is worth for try to conquer..

Phnom Chisor Temple with the building followed antique style​

Buses depart for Takeo City every hour from the Phnom Penh Sorya Transport bus station, or you can Hiring a taxi to visit the temple in a half day takes of about $ 20 or a motorbike with price of $ 5 / day. Follow Highway 2 on the south to Takeo, and turn left before a big ‘Phnom Chisor’ , run about 4 km to reach the hill.

The entrance fee is $2.

Koh Ker temple
The temple complex at Koh Ker, Pyramid of Angkor civilization, northeast of Siem Reap, represents of the old capital of the empire Angkor built during the reign of King Jayavarman IV from 928 AD. - 944 A.D

The tower Kohmpang in relic of Koh Ker temple​

Koh Ker temple is divided into clusters of tower scattering throughout a large area road loop around the baray, but the most impressive is the tower Kohmpang (Prasat Thom) an imposing 7-tiered pyramid with an elevation of 65 meters simulating huge mountain Meru of the Indian.

The entrance fee is $10

Preah Vihear Temple
The temple is located on slightly east of the mid section of the Dongrek Mountains, on the edge of a giant cliff, about 625 meters above sea level in Preah Vihear Province, belongs the border between Cambodia and Thailand.

the Temple of Preah Vihear is worshiping Shiva

Preah Vihear is an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture with many intricate carving works in red sandstone​, a typical style of Cambodia, nearly like to architecture of Banteay Srei temple in Angkor.

The entrance fee is $5

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