Prasat Khao Phra Wihan

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The extraordinary site of this early Khmer temple, laid out along a spur of the Dongrek Mountains, makes it one of the most distinctive Khmer structures outside of Angkor . Possibly older than Angkor, sadly, it was long the victim of disputes between Thailand and Cambodia. After much disagreement between the two countries, in 1962 a decision was taken by the World Court: while the easiest access to the temple is through Thailand, the temple stands firmly in Cambodia. During the mid[1]1970s, the years of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, the temple became a strictly no-go area. After the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1978, conflicts between rival factions con tinued in the area until the late 1980s. The site was finally cleared of land mines and opened to the public in the early 1990s, but as civil unrest A beautifully preserved stone gopura, Prasat Khao Phra Wihan continues in Cambodia, this magnificent temple is forced to close down periodically. When Khao Phra Wihan is open, tourists can walk through army checkpoints to ascend a series of grand staircases, pass through stone gopuras, and then walk along an 2,800-ft (850-m) naga-lined causeway to arrive at the central sanc[1]tuary, or prasat. Dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, it is now largely in ruins. The prang in particular is in need of restoration. Views from the sheer cliffs here, over the Cambodian plateau, are exhilarating. If the temple is closed, elegant Khmer reliefs carved in the cliff can be viewed from the Thai side of the border

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