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  Sambor Prei Kuk

 

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The remnants of Sambor Prei Kuk, a Pre-Angkorian period and early Khmer temple complex near the town of Kompong Thom, located to the North of Tonle Sap Lake.

 

The edifices are mostly made of brick and sometimes of sandstone, and are square or oblong in shape.

 

  Sambor Prei Kuk

 

  Sambor Prei Kuk

 

From ancient inscriptions within the complex, it was discovered that the main divinity worshipped here was Prahasitesvara, which is one of the many epithets of Shiva.

 

Besides this, an upper and a lower part of a broken statue of the goddess Durga were found in two different towers. This deity was one of the most popular early Khmer female sacred images.

 

  Sambor Prei Kuk

 

  Sambor Prei Kuk

 

Since 1992, this collection of 7th century temple ruins is on the UNESCO tentative list awaiting recognition as a World Heritage site.

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