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Wat Prasat Andet

Wat Prasat Andet: 

Wat Prasat Andet is located in Prasat village, Sanko commune, Kompong Svay district, about 27 kilometers northwest of Kompong Thom provincial town. Wat Prasat Andet includes an ancient brick temple constructed in the 6th and 7th centuries during the reign of King Isanavarman I, dedicating to Brahmanism. The grounds at Wat Prasat Andet are spacious and abundant in Koki trees. In addition, the grounds have never been flooded.

 

Wat Prasat

Wat Prasat: 

Wat Prasat is located in Prasat village, Prasat commune, Santuk district, about 135 kilometers from Phnom Penh or 31 kilometers southeast Kampong Thom provincial town. At one time, there were seven ancient temples at Wat Prasat, but today only one is still standing. It is located behind the recently built temple. Constructed of brick in the 7th century, Wat Prasat temple is 3 meters square in diameter. On the temple doorframe is a flower wreath similar to the one at Sambo Preykuk temple. Seven hardwood statues, carved in the 7th century, remain in the temple, setting it apart from other temples.

Wat Kampong Thom

Wat Kampong Thom: 

Wat Kampong Thom, also known as Wat Indrisamavora, is located in Kdei village, Preykahu commune, Stung Sen district, about 1 kilometer from the provincial town. This old temple is a holy place that covers 2,053 square meters. Statues related to the Buddha story can be found in the pagoda. The pagoda fences are painted in many different colors and styles. The pagoda offers a cool place for visitors to relax, especially during festivals.

Wat Kdei Deum

Wat Kdei Deum:

Wat Kdei Deum is located in Kompong Chen village, Kompong Chen Tbong commune, Storng district about 52 kilometers northwest of the provincial town. A holy palce, the site features two ponds and includes an old temple similar in style to Banteay Srei temple in Siem Reap.

Sambo Preykuk Temples

Sambo Preykuk is a cultural and historical site located in Sambo village, Sambo commune, Prasat Sambo district, about 25 kilometers northeast of Kampong Thom provincial town. The site was once an old capital named Isanapura and a religious center for the worship of Shiva Brahmanism.

 

Many temples were built in Sambo Preykuk during the reign of King Isanavarman I (AD 616-635) in the 7th century. The temple of Sambo Preykuk constructed of solid brick, laterite and sandstone and decorated by bas-reliefs. The lintel, pillars and the door frames are all made of sandstone.

So far, 140 temples have been discovered in the forest. Sambo Preykuk temples are divided into four main groups:

 

The Central Temple:

The central temple is called Tor temple, or the lion temple. There are sealed doors on three sides and a real door that opens on the north side. On each side is a set of stairs between two statues of kneeling lions. There are numbers of small temples west of lion temple. The lion temple was built in 9th century.

The Northern Temple:

The northern temples are called mid-Sambo temples and are surrounded by many small temples.

The Southern Temples:

The southern temples are called Yeay Poan temples. They, too, are surrounded by many temples. There are two ramparts, which the inner rampart has four gopuras on each side. This site was a former capital.

Kraol Romeas Temples:

Kraol Romeas Temples are located about 2 kilometers north of Sambo Preykuk. All were built of brick, except the temple to the west, which was made of laterite.

To conserve the temples, three areas are designated as protected sites for the purpose of conserving the temple. They are marked as follow:

  • First Area: the first area covers 30 meters outside the rampart

  • Second Area: The second area covers 300 meters outside the first area

  • Third Area: the third area covers 1,500 meters outside the second area.

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