Following the temple sites Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear, the Sambor Prei Kuk archeological site has now also been listed a World Heritage Site by the U.N. cultural organization UNESCO.
The over 25 square kilometer site dates back to the 7th century, and was built by the king of the Chenla Empire, King Isanavarnam I; thus predating the Angkorian period.
Sambor Prei Kuk, which means “temple in the richness of the forest”, is approximately 130 miles north of the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, and just a little over 100 miles from Siem Reap. The site, which consists of plentiful temples, some of which are octagonally shaped, and a walled city center has gained in popularity with tourists over the years.
Receiving a third UNESCO World Heritage designation will enable visitors to this “Kingdom of Wonder” to experience even more unique culture and art. Cambodia expects to welcome 5.5 million tourists in 2017; a 10% increase compared to 2016.