Photo: Older than Angkor itself.

Sambor Prei Kuk

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A site older than Angkor lost in tranquil forests, Sambor Prei Kuk is even more mysterious (and to some, lovely) than the more famous temples to the west.

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In a cool and peacefully leafy setting, beautiful 1,200-year-old brick temples combine with nature to create an environment that showcases the best of both worlds across three primary sites, each with northern, central and southern enclosures.

There is a temple in there somewhere, Prasat Chrei. Photo taken in or around Sambor Prei Kuk, Kompong Thom, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

There is a temple in there somewhere, Prasat Chrei. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Most of the temples are made of warm red brick, with sandstone elements in, for example, the ornately carved lintels. It was customary for ancient Khmer elites to associate themselves with the Hindu Brahmanical Gods: Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer), though mostly with Shiva. The shape of the temple towers indicates which God they have been dedicated to, with squares representing Brahma and octagons Vishnu. Within the temple structures, the linga representing Shiva are ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)

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