Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Complex, Ishanapura Ancient Capital Relic Site – World Cultural Heritage in Cambodia

Sambor Prei Kuk Temple Complex, Ishanapura Ancient Citadel (Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura) is one of three world heritages in Cambodia. Along with Angkor Wat, Sambor Prei Kuk is also the legendary ancient capital of the ancient Chenla country.

In Cambodian, Sambor Prei Kuk means “Temple in the jungle”. Indeed, the Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex is now nestled in the tropical forests of the province Kampong Thom, Cambodia. It is about 176 km east of Angkor Wat and 206 km north of the capital Phnom Penh. Sambor Prei Kuk is Cambodia’s third world heritage site along with the ancient ruins of Angkor and Preah Vihear temple.

Accredited year: 2017
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(vi)
Acreage: 840.03 ha and buffer zone 2,523.6 ha
3 main areas: Prasat Tao, Prasat Sambor, Prasat Yeai Poeun

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Isanapura is the capital of the ancient kingdom of Chenla (Chenla), founded in the time of King Isanavarman I (reigned between 616-637).

The ancient capital Isanapura was located in the present province of Kampong Thom, 30 km north of the city of Kampong Thom, the provincial capital; 176 km to the east of the Angkor complex and 206 km from the capital Phnom Penh.

The center of the capital is the complex Sambor Prei Kuk, located on the east bank of Tonle Sap Lake, near the Sen River.
Today, the area also contains the remains of 150 temples and buildings dating back several centuries to those at the Angkor Wat complex, built during the subsequent Khmer Empire.

Map of Sambor Prei Kuk

Video about Sambor Prei Kuk . Temple Complex

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