Preah Vihear Temples
I did mention several posts ago that Hi-ace went to Preah Vihear with his students for some goodwill mission. Since it promised to be an extra adventurous trip, meaning the temples are accessible but the roads are not yet that smooth and there were bound to be delays, so Chinks and I decided not to go. But I did ask Hi-ace to take lots of photos so we can still enjoy the scenery without actually going there..
It definitely was a super adventure trip, you can check out the Road to Preah Vihear photos I previously posted, just in case you want to go there, at least you get a preview of the road escapade you’re going to have. You can actually approach the temples from the Thai side but its too well paved that it loses the sense of adventure. Going from the Cambodian side requires a steep climb over a zigzag road with expansive views of the country and the mountains.
The Preah Vihear Temples (also known as Prasat Preah Vihear) is a Cambodian temple perched on top of a 525-metre cliff in Dangrek Mountains, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. That’s why it has earned the epithet, “King of the Mountain Temples” and it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2008.
The temple structures are not as huge and spectacular as in Angkor Wat, but the mountain-top setting more than makes up for it. It is also not just one edifice but rather you approach the top most temple or the main sanctuary by passing through several gopuras or smaller temples.
He says the photos doesn’t do much justice to the spectacular higher altitude views you’ll see. A definite must see for those who love temples mixed with a bit of adventure. Hmmm, this is one place I really wanna see for myself.. Maybe someday soon..
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