Prasat Preah Vihear
Prasat Preah Vihear
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Tambon Sao Thong Chai, Amphoe Kantharalak - Isaan ( Si Saket )
08.00 - 18.00  - $$   | View Events
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Prasat Preah Vihear

Prasat Preah Vihear Temple is a Hindu temple built during the Khmer Empire along the Thai-Cambodian border, specifically between the province of Si Saket, Thailand, and the province of Preah Vihear, Cambodia. The temple is situated on a mountain Dângrêk in Cambodian territory, but it is much more accessible from Thailand. Since 1962, it has opened a dispute between the two nations on the ownership of the temple; 11 November 2013, the International Court of Justice in The Hague awarded the temple to the sovereignty of Cambodia, and the areas surrounding it. Right now Cambodia allows access to the temple without visas for those accessing the area from Thailand. Access to the temple from Thailand is through the Khao Phra Wihan National Park in Sisaket province, for access to the park there is a ticket of 400 THB. Preah Vihear is one of the most spectacular temples dating from the Khmer Empire, which lasted more than six centuries, with a unique panoramic view from its summit. On 7 July 2008, the temple of Preah Vihear was listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The construction of the first Hindu temple in Preah Vihear dates back to the early ninth century. In the following centuries the area were built several other temples, all dedicated to the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. Prasat Preah Vihear temple that can be seen now, the oldest parts date back to the period when the capital of Khmer Empire was Koh Ker, the beginning of the tenth century, the majority instead goes back to the Kingdoms of Suryavarman I, 1002- 1050, and Suryavarman II, 1113-1150. Built as a symbol of the spiritual life of the Empire, its buildings have been preserved over time and often modified by numerous King that have followed the guidance of the Khmer Empire, consequently boasts many architectural styles. A special feature of Preah Vihear is that it was built along the north-south axis, rather than being directed to the east like other Khmer temples. The temple complex stretches for about 800 meters along the north-south, and consists of a causeway that leads up the hill and reached the main building located 120 meters higher. The approach to the temple is characterized by five imposing Gopuras, monumental towers, each of which is accessible thanks to a series of steps, the third is the largest and is flanked by two halls. Each Gopura blocks the view of the next part of the temple until it is passed.
Admission fee & Opening hours: The Khmer temple complex is open daily from 08:00 until 18:00. Access to the temple from Thailand is through the Khao Phra Wihan National Park. Admission park fee is 400 THB.
Getting there: The closest Thai town to Prasat Preah Vihear, of a certain importance, is Kantharalak, 67 Km before the provincial capital Si Saket. From Kantharalak there aren't public transport to reach the Prasat Preah Vihear Temple, for the last stretch of trip, 34 Km, you will have to charter a songthaew or tuk-tuk. The buses to Si Saket depart from Mo Chit Bus Terminal in Bangkok, and make stop in Kantharalak before reaching the provincial capital. The trip takes about 7 hours and the ticket costs from 400 to 500 THB, depending on the class. Trains from Bangkok to Si Saket depart from the Hua Lamphong Station, are less frequent of buses, six per day, employing the usual time, and the cost is similar, while more expensive are the classes with bunks for sleeping. Buses from Sisaket to Kantharalak are frequent, one every 40 minutes, the trip takes about 1 hour and half and the ticket costs 50 THB. The nearest airport to Prasat Preah Vihear is the Ubon Ratchathani Airport, from which you can reach Kantharalak by bus, with departures every two hours.
Path Bangkok - Prasat Preah Vihear: To reach Prasat Preah Vihear from Bangkok follow Highway 1 until Saraburi, about 98 Km, then turn right into Highway 2, Thanon Mittraphap, towards Nakhon Ratchasima. At Amphoe Si Khew, 40 Km before Nakhon Ratchasima, turn right into Highway 24 up to Kantharalak, via Prasat and Sangka. At Kantharalak turn right into Highway 221 that leading to the Park Khao Phra Wihan, where there is the access to the temple. Total distance from Bangkok is 568 Km.
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