Thursday, November 17, 2016


Discovering 4 ancient temples in Cambodia

Besides the famous Angkor Wat relic in Siem Reap province, Cambodia has many other ancient and grandiose temples.

Ancient capital Sambor Prei Kuk

Built in the 7th century, the former capital of the ancient kingdom Chenla, Sambor Prei Kuk has earlier dating than the relics of Angkor. The ancient capital consists of 140 tubular temple, in which, having a temple called the Lion Temple where takes place the main religious activities. Art of temple architecture in Sambor Prei Kuk is the unique style of ancient Khmer, only slightly influenced by Indian architecture. Sambor Prei Kuk is not bulky like Angkor, but the contemplation, roughness welling up from the temples after many various variability of historical are enough to vibrate travelers. The way: the ancient capital 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. Central Market Kampong Thom far from the relic 30 km to the north. From here you can go to Sambor Prei Kuk by taxi after about 2 hours, fee: 5-10 dollars / person.

Enntrance gate of Sambor Prei Kuk temple

Phnom Chisor Temple

Coming here, you have to pass 503 stone steps to reach the temple Phnom Chisor

Situated on a hill not far from the capital Phnom Penh, Phnom Chisor temple is a monument has existed since the reign of King Suryavarman I, the most powerful developing period of Angkor Empire is. Chisor Phnom is a temple of Hindu religion, worshiping Shiva and Vishnu. To reach the temple, there is a stone staircase having up to 503 steps, can be disinclined many tourists, but the beauty of the ruins and the surrounding landscape when viewed from the temple is worth for try to conquer.

Phnom Chisor Temple with the building followed antique style

Road from Siem Reap: Hiring a taxi to visit the temple in a half day takes of about $ 20. You can also rent a motorbike with price of $ 5 / day, follow Highway 2 on the south to Takeo, and turn left before reaching the km 52, run about 4 km to reach the hill. The entrance fee is $ 2.

Koh Ker temple

This is the old capital of the empire Angkor built during the reign of King Jayavarman IV. Koh Ker is considered to be the ancient capital of the kingdom and the people call as Pyramid of Angkor civilization. Koh Ker temple is divided into clusters of tower scattering throughout a large area, but the most impressive is the tower Kohmpang (Prasat Thom) with an elevation of 65 meters simulating huge mountain Meru of the Indian.

The tower Kohmpang in relic of Koh Ker temple

Way: Koh Ker temple is situated far from Siem Reap 130 km to the north. Visiting within one day by taxi takes about 50-100 dollars, $ 10 of entrance fee.

Note: Near the Prasat Thom temple there selling food but not much. The best way is bring food if you want to visit here in a long time.

Preah Vihear Temple

The temple is located on Dângrêk Mountains, belongs the border between Cambodia and Thailand. The unique feature of the Preah Vihear temple is finely carved lines on the red sandstone, a typical style of Cambodia, nearly like to architecture of Banteay Srei temple in Angkor.

Temple Preah Vihear has many intricate carving works in red sandstone

The way: Preah Vihear is far from Siem Reap 200 km to the north. The way is quite far, so it's best to stay 1 night at hotel in the town Anlong Veng. Ticket to visit from Cambodia is $ 5. Currently, the entrance from the Thai border was closed. /