World Cultural Heritage Site

1-Angkor Wat (1992)

Architecture of Cambodia
Architecture of Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia – known as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angkor Wat, also known as the “City of Temples”  which is located in Angkor site, Siem Reap, Cambodia know as Angkor Archaeological Park. This complex features the largest collection of religious monuments in the world over 162 hectares and was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for Vishnu during Khmer empire. But by the end of the 12th century, it was turned into a Buddhist temple. The Angkor Wat temple complex is also considered as the purest example of the Khmer architectural style which more people already know.

2-Preah Vihear Temple (2008)

UNESCO World Heritage, Preah Vihear
UNESCO World Heritage, Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear Temple -Hindu temple, like the Angkor Wat, was built during the Khmer Empire in Cambodia located atop the Dangrek Mountains in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. Few decades, there was a dispute between Thailand and Cambodia with regards to who owned the temples. The International Court of Justice decided that the temple was indeed part of Cambodia. The temple served as an important edifice of the Khmer spiritual life.

3-Sambor Prei Kok (2017)

Sambor Prei Kuk is 206 km (128 miles) north of the capital Phnom Penh about 176 kilometers from Angkor. It located in the province of Kampong Thom, Cambodia. This temple complex is now in a ruined state but it has been known as the heart of the Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom. It served as the capital and central royal sanctuary for the kingdom during the late 6th to the 9th century. “Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces,” UNESCO. The Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura.

Sites on the Tentative List (8)

A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination. More about the Tentative List Process…

  • Le site de Koh Ker (1992)
  • Site des Kulen (1992)
  • Site d’Angkor Borei et Phnom Da (1992)
  • Site d’Oudong (1992)
  • Ensemble de Beng Mealea (1992)
  • Ensemble du Prah Khan de Kompong Svay (1992)
  • Ensemble de Banteay Chmar (1992)
  • Ensemble de Banteay Prei Nokor (1992)

Reference: Unesco Hertiage List