Cambodia’s Sambor Prei Kuk temple zone gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

Jul 10, 2017 17:17 IST

Cambodia's Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site on 8 July 2017 was inscribed on the UNESCO'S World Heritage List.

The inscription was made during the World Heritage Committee's 41st session in Krakow, Poland.

With this, the number of the country's tangible cultural properties in the list is three. The first two listed properties are Angkor Archaeological Park inscribed in 1992 and the Temple of Preah Vihear included in 2008.

Cambodia’s Sambor Prei Kuk temple zone gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

About Sambor Prei Kuk

The Sambor Prei Kuk is an archaeological site in Cambodia located in Kampong Thom Province.

The complex dates back to the Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom (late 6th to 9th century), which was established by King Isanavarman I as central royal sanctuary and capital.

The central part of the complex is divided into three main groups. Each group has a square layout surrounded by a brick wall.

The structures of the overall archaeological area were constructed at variable times: the southern and north groups (7th century) by Isanavarman I and the central group (later date).

The buildings of Sambor Prei Kuk are characteristic of the Pre-Angkorean period with a simple external plan. The principal material is brick, but sandstone is also used for certain structures.

Architectural features of the complex include numerous prasats, octagonal towers, shiva lingams and yonis, ponds and reservoirs and lion sculptures.

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