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    2004 - Where to Start at Preah Vihear

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    Once you get past the border gate, you just follow the path, go past some outdoor shops, and arrive at this entrance to the four levels of temples (Khopuras). There are 162 steps over the 76 meters from the entrance up to the first level. The total distance up to the fourth level is around one kilometer, basically north to south. Lawee is in the left foreground. He was always popping up in pictures, even when I was not intentionally taking his picture (see the travelogue about him).

    Entrance to Preah Vihear
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    2004 - Courtyard in Level 4 Temple

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 27, 2004

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    This is just the right hand side of the courtyard. As you can see in this and many other pictures, the site is mostly unrestored. That is one of the things that makes it special. Actually Lawee's father had a vendor's stand just to the left of this picture. You can also see the courtyard side of the walkway (see the next tip).

    Level 4 Khopura Courtyard
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    2004 - Quarry Almost at the Top

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    On the southwest side of the Level 4 Temple, you can see where they quarried some of the stones for the temples . Many stones in the temples have small, regularly-spaced holes in them. They were not quarried on the hill. They were quarried below and carried up by elephants.

    Hilltop Quarry
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    2004 - View from the Top

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    Poei Tadi, or the cliff's edge, is on the back side of the Level 4 Temple. The elevation is 657 meters above sea level. You can see Cambodia 447 meters (almost 1500 feet) below. Laithong lives in the village at the crossroads you can barely see in the center background. She walks to Preah Vihear and back everyday.

    View from Poei Tadi
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    Visit Khao Phra Wihan

    by austarman Written Nov 27, 2005

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    This is part of the Khao Phra Wihan National park that covers 130 squre kilometers.
    Within the national park are many waterfalls,rock pools and rock carvings and the Prasit Don Tuan as well as some amazing viewpoints.
    Near the temple there are pleanty of shops ,souveniers and kids running around with postcards here so buy some early to get some peace to look around.
    These ruins are spread out and have 4 levels which are quite steep but the view on the far side of them into Cambodia is sensational.

    One of the remaining entry's to the temple Cambodian entry pass to  the temple View from Phanom Dongrak mountains,Thailand side Ruins of Khao Phra Wihan Temple ruins
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    2004 - Khmer Reservoir at the Bottom of Level 2

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    This is Sa Srong or the large reservoir. It is 17 x 38 meters in size. Most Khmer sites seem to have a reservoir. Guess it had been dry at Preah Vihear. This one was pretty empty. It is believed that people bathed here before joining ceremonies.

    Sa Srong - Level 2 Reservoir
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    2004 - Gate Into Cambodia

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    You pass through this gate to enter Cambodia from Thailand at Preah Vihear. Normally you need a visa but not here. Just need to pay 200 baht to Thailand to leave and 200 baht to Cambodia to enter. At least they don't charge you to go back.

    Entrance to Cambodia
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    2004 - Back of Level 1 Temple

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 27, 2004

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    There was a group of young guys at Level 1 with cameras. They would take pictures for you but we were taking our own pictures. One guy came with us anyway. Lucky had visited a few months before and they remembered each other.

    Back of Level 1 Temple
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    2004 - Back of Level 2 Temple

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    The picture is looking north from the Level 3 Temple along the causeway back to the Level 2 Temple. It is hard not to get a vendor in the scene when you take pictures of the temples. They are basically everywhere.

    Back of Level 2 Temple
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    2004 - Back of Level 3 Temple

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    View from the top of the Level 4 stairs of the back of the Level 3 Temple and the causeway in between. Even with a 447 meter elevation change in ~1 km, the whole hill was not a hard climb since you stop to look around often.

    Back of Level 3 Temple
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    THE TEMPLE

    by davidjo Updated Aug 26, 2015

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    On the top of the structure you will come across the temple building which is very impressive as it sits at the top of the 525 m cliff and offers wonderful views over the plains of Cambodia. During the six century Khmer reign this was the most impressive temple that was constructed, and it sits on a north/south axis instead of the normal rectangular plan with orientation towards the east.

    VERY IMPRESSIVE TEMPLE FROM THE DISTANCE SIDE VIEW THE ENTRANCE
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    2004 - Door and Lintel at Level 2

    by AlbuqRay Updated Aug 1, 2015

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    From architecture such as this, you can see that Preah Vihear was a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. The earliest surviving parts of the temple date from the Koh Ker period in the early 10th century, when the Khmer Empire's capital was at the city of that name.

    Level 2 Door and Lintel

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    NGU SUANG, THE SEVEN HEADED SNAKES

    by davidjo Written Aug 2, 2014

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    From the Nagaraj Courtyard climb up the staircase to the first Gropura and you will notice the seven headed snakes are on the stairheads. The heads and tails of the nagas look like ordinary snakes and the head portion of the naga on the west side is made from one piece of stone.

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    WONDERFUL VIEW FROM THE RUINS

    by davidjo Written Jul 1, 2014

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    I visited this place back in 1992 but approached it from the Thai side, but i am sure that the site still offers a wonderful view over the plains of Cambodia. Phra Viharn (Thai) or Prasat Preah Vihear (Cambodian) is an old Hindu Temple constructed during the Khymer Dynasty and sits on top of a 500m cliff offering one of the best views in the country. The temple area has been a flashpoint for several years as both Thailand and Cambodia claim it as their territory, but in 1962 the courts ruled that it belonged to Cambodia, but despite that there have been some skirmishes over the years with the temple being forced to close its doors to tourists. The original temple was built in the 9th century but was reconstructed in the 10th century, but most of the present day structure was built by the kings Suryavarman I an II during the following two centuries.

    fantastic view over Cambodian Plains constructed for the 20th century troops

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    ACCESS ONLY FROM CAMBODIA, BUT WELL WORTH SEEING

    by davidjo Written Jan 22, 2016

    The temple is nothing like the temples at Angkor Wat that are in very good condition although they are about the same age. Preah Vihear was constructed between the 9th and 12th centuries by King Suryavarman 1 & Suryavarman II on top of a 525 m cliff in the Dangrek mountains which overlooks the rice fields in the plains, and is possibly in the most wonderful settings of all the Khmer temples.
    The temple is 140 kms from Angkor Wat and 320 kms from Phnom Pehn, straddling the border of Thailand. The temple is at the center of a dispute between Cambodia and Thailand who both claim that it is in their own country and sporadic gunfights have taken place in the recent decades. The International Court of Justice awarded the temple to Cambodia and in 2008 it became a World UNESCO Heritage Site.
    I was fortunate enough to visit it from the Thai side but i believe that one can only visit the temple from the Cambodian side as the Cambodian Government closed the boundary to Thailand 5 years ago.

    WORD HERITAGE SITE---UNESCO
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