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 Kantharalak, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kantharalak trip planner, to make sure you see all that Kantharalak has to offer, including Preah Vihear Temple.
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  • We arranged a driver to take us on an overnight trip to Preah Vihear and, to us, it was definitely worth the time and money. We left Siem Reap early in the morning and stopped at Beng Melea for a...  more »
  • Preah Vihear Temple didn't seem to be a place easily accesible but we decided to make an extra effor and visit it. And I am so happy we did! Definitely one of the nicest places we saw. We travelled.....  more »
  • I like the temple very much. The temple head good view, perfect location on the top of the mountain. With beautiful rock structure.
  • Please take the time to go, a really breathtaking experience only could be understood by seeing in person. About four hours driving from Siem Reap

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