Sambor Prei Kuk

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sambor Prei Kuk

The Pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk (Khmer: ប្រាសាទសំបូរព្រៃគុក) is located about 30 kilometers to the north of the town of Kampong Thom, Cambodia.

It was known as Isanapura and was one of the capitals of Chenla.

Located on the Eastern bank of Tonle Sap close to the Sen River, the central part of Sambor Prei Kuk is divided into three main groups. Each group is located in a square lay out surrounded by a brick wall. The structures of the overall archaeological area were constructed at variable times: the southern and north groups (7th century) by Isanavarman I, who is considered a possible founder of the city[1] and the central group (later date). The buildings of Sambor Prei Kuk are characteristic of the Pre-Angkorean period with a simple external plan. The principal material is brick, but sandstone is also used for certain structures.[2] Architectural features include numerous prasats, octagonal towers, shiva lingams and yonis, ponds and reservoirs, and lion sculptures. Sambor Prei Kuk is located amidst mature sub-tropical forests with limited undergrowth. The area has been mined and could still contain unexploded ordnance. [3]

World Heritage Status[edit]

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on September 1st, 1992 in the Cultural category.


  1. ^ Higham, Charles (May 11, 1989). The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia. Cambridge University Press. pp. 265–267. 
  2. ^ Groupe de Sambor Prei Kuk - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  3. ^ Gnarfgnarf:Sambor Prei Kuk : a pre-Angkorian gem in the forest, 20 November 2010, retrieved on 3 May 2012


Groupe de Sambor Prei Kuk - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Coordinates: 12°52′2.22″N 105°2′24.09″E / 12.8672833°N 105.0400250°E / 12.8672833; 105.0400250