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CAMBODIA – The Preah Vihear Temple is a should do day journey from Siem Reap – Chris Journey Weblog

Cambodia - Preah Vihear Temple
Cambodia – Preah Vihear Temple

The Preah Vihear Temple is an historic complicated within the north of Cambodia near the Thai border. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Website so a spot I couldn’t skip once I was in Siem Reap. The drive from Siem Reap takes a couple of hours however is properly value a day journey. I mixed the journey with a go to to the Pol Pot grave and Lon Nol home that are additionally situated within the space. It’s also possible to fly there by helicopter in order for you, however after my helicopter flight over Angkor Wat on the primary day of this 9 day Siem Reap itinerary my finances didn’t enable that anymore. I went in a personal automobile, which was probably the most environment friendly for me. I’ll share with you my expertise of at the present time, will you be a part of me?

Preah Vihear Temple

The Preah Vihear Temple is situated on a hill in northern Cambodia and dates to the Khmer Empire. The principle development befell within the 11th and 12th century with smaller elements courting again to the 9th century. The complicated has a distinct structure as different complexes in Cambodia of that point as most complexes have been in-built a sq. structure however the Preah Vihear Temple was constructed alongside an 800-meter axis. Through the Khmer interval the primary faith was Hinduism however over time Buddhism turned extra vital. Many temple complexes have been transformed for use by Buddhists as was the case with the Preah Vihear Temple. You’ll discover decorations within the complicated of each religions.

Cambodia - Preah Vihear Temple

The Preah Vihear Temple complicated is in Cambodia as per rule of the Worldwide Court docket of Justice however is disputed by Thailand nonetheless right this moment as they declare it to be of their territories. Visiting the temple is “simple” however you require to purchase an entrance ticket and drive up the hill with an area automobile. On the hill, you will notice some Cambodian navy watching the border with Thailand. I spoke with certainly one of them and he lent me his binoculars to verify the Thai border posts. It’s just some years in the past that the final weapons have been fired and this might occur once more sooner or later. Don’t worry when visiting because the place is completely protected however do have in mind you can not go to the Preah Vihear Temple from Thailand because the border crossing is closed.

Cambodia - Preah Vihear Temple

Khmer Empire structure sometimes has an entrance constructing, or gopura, giving entrance to the enclosure behind it. These enclosures are characterised by galleries alongside the edges which I discovered a bit to resemble the enclosures and galleries of European monasteries and cloisters. These gopuras have lovely towers and are usually adorned with carvings from Hinduist mythology. On the Preah Vihear Temple complicated you’ll be able to admire some lovely decorations on the partitions.

Preah Vihear consist of 5 gopuras which you should go by way of earlier than you arrive on the sanctuary on the finish of the 800-meter complicated. Massive elements of the temple are collapsed however there’s a larger half nonetheless standing which supplies you a very good impression on the way it as soon as regarded preferred. On the finish, you have got some nice views on the surrounding landscapes. I explored the realm for about two or three hours earlier than I continued my day journey to the grave of Pol Pot.

Cambodia - Preah Vihear Temple

Pol Pot Grave

Pol Pot was the chief of the Khmer Rouge and prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea within the late seventies. Throughout these 4 years, his totalitarian dictatorship was the reason for the loss of life of tens of millions of individuals. In 1979 the Cambodian-Vietnamese conflict made an abrupt finish to his ruling and made him transfer into the jungle. Till a 12 months earlier than his loss of life in 1998 he stored influencing the Khmer Rouge however acquired arrested in his northern stronghold close to the Preah Vihear Temple complicated.

His loss of life remains to be stuffed with rumors right this moment: homicide, suicide or a pure loss of life. One factor is bound that he was cremated earlier than an investigation befell. I visited the place of the cremation have been a small easy grave is situated. It takes no more as 10 minutes to go to however in case you are within the neighborhood it’s only a quick detour. He performed an vital function within the trendy historical past of Cambodia and that’s why I ended by.

Cambodia - Pol Pot Grave

Lon Nol Home

Lon Nol performed an vital function in Cambodia being prime minister, twice. In 1970 nonetheless he led a navy coup in opposition to the then ruling authorities and created the Khmer Republic. Lon Nol was the president of the Khmer Republic till 1975 when the Khmer Rouge took over management with Pol Pot changing into the prime minister. He was primary on the checklist of individuals to be executed however escaped to america the place he lived till his loss of life in 1985.

Not removed from the Preah Vihear Temple, one of many final strongholds of the Khmer Republic, it’s attainable to go to the final home of Lon Nol. It’s not an enormous place and I didn’t see every other vacationers both however there are a couple of rooms with a small exhibition consisting primarily of work. In case you are visiting Preah Vihear I can suggest to cease by right here for half-hour; the home additionally provides a good looking view on the lake.

Cambodia - Lon Nol House

I had an awesome day visiting the Preah Vihear Temple complicated in northern Cambodia. It’s an extended day however I used to be with an awesome native information. Within the night, he took me to an area restaurant simply exterior of Siem Reap to have contemporary uncooked turtle egg’s and a turtle itself. Scrumptious!

Once I returned to my resort in Siem Reap and wished to make a backup of my picture’s I came upon the SD-card crashed. 128 GB of knowledge gone! Fortunately I made a backup the night earlier than however right this moment’s photographs have been all gone. I couldn’t recuperate the photographs anymore and sending the SD card in for skilled restoration was too costly for a 128 GB card. All photographs on this posts are made by the information; thanks for permitting me to make use of them. I discovered my lesson and now my digicam gear has solely 32 GB playing cards which, if broken, are low cost to recuperate.

I already did a helicopter flight over Angkor Wat the day earlier than and the subsequent day I might go to the Koh Ker & Beng Mealea and see the native life on a rubbish dump amongst different temples. I might go to most locations of round Siem Reap throughout this 9 day Siem Reap itinerary. Cambodia, but additionally Vietnam and Laos are certainly one of my favourite nations in South East Asia to journey to. That are yours?

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