Preah Vihear Temple, Preah Vihear Province

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Perched on the edge of a massive cliff nearly 525 m (1,722 ft) above sea level, Preah Vihear Temple represents a significant place of pilgrimage dating back to the period of the Khmer Empire. The hermitage was founded in the 9th century, but the oldest preserved parts of the temple--listed as a World Heritage Site--date back to the 10th and 11th centuries. The four levels and four courtyards connected by pavements, esplanades, and staircases, feature entrance pavilions, towers, large stone statues, and skillfully carved stone ornamentation. Seven-headed snakes gloom from the heads of staircases and stone lions guard the doorways. Walk down a 2,242-step wooden staircase, which pilgrims used for centuries to climb up from Cambodia's northern plains. Before you head to Preah Vihear Province, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Preah Vihear Province trip planner , to make sure you see all that Preah Vihear Province has to offer, including Preah Vihear Temple.
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  • It is far and difficult to reach so you need a day extra. We booked a taxi from SR for 100$ to cover Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Beng Mealea in a day and our first stop was Preah Vihear, took 4 hrs from...  more »
  • There is a spectacular view of the horizon from the top of the mountain from participated in the tour one day from Siem Reap Siem by bus more than three hours, on the way in 4 WD I climb the mountain, weather permitting, in the smoke of burning here and there not much clear air time. Two water bottles at $ 1, cheaper price
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  • We did a great 2-day tour that combined stunning Preah Vihear (that is really a unique site within Cambodia) with Preah Khan Kampong Svay, Koh Ker and Beng Melea with Narin. Preah Vihear (and Preah Kh...  more »
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  • Temple of Preah Vihear: Situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, the Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to Shiva. The Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800 metre long axis and dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Nevertheless, its complex history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded. This site is particularly well preserved, mainly due to its remote location. The site is exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation. Outstanding Universal Value: The Temple of Preah Vihear, a unique architectural complex of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases on an 800 metre long axis, is an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture, in terms of plan, decoration and relationship to the spectacular landscape environment. Criterion (i): Preah Vihear is an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture. It is very ‘pure’ both in plan and in the detail of its decoration. Authenticity, in terms of the way the buildings and their materials express well the values of the property, has been established. The attributes of the property comprise the temple complex; the integrity of the property has to a degree been compromised by the absence of part of the promontory from the perimeter of the property. The protective measures for the Temple, in terms of legal protection are adequate; the progress made in defining the parameters of the Management Plan needs to be consolidated into an approved, full Management Plan.
  • Hi my friend all over the world! Preah Vihear temple is very beautiful temple on the of the mountain. It's very proud of Cambodia.
  • Off the main track for most travelers, but loved this site. Worth the trip if you have a day. No crowd at all the day I went. Bring some snacks or a picnic. I drove myself on a motorbike and paid a pittance for parking, so that made it much more affordable than some are complaining about.
  • Must be here if you visit Cambodia, great ancient temple in the mountain. And really nice view here, absolutely worth to be here for one day!
  • It's an achievement and very proud of Cambodian people. A great temple and imaging made.

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Where to stay in Preah Vihear Province

Accommodations, by and large, remain pretty basic across Preah Vihear Province, with the remote and sprawling province not yet decked out with the infrastructure that will let tourism develop. Close to the main temples and ruins, you'll find small villages with a collection of guesthouses set in wooden shacks, with limited facilities, but run by welcoming locals. Many visitors opt to stay in Siem Reap, with the large city located about three hours away to the west of the main temples.
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