Entry Fees Up for Cambodia Newest UNESCO Listed Site in Sambor Prei Kuk

Cambodia, Sambor Prei Kuk, UNESCO, culture

After only being placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List this past September,entrance prices for foreign visitors have already been increased at Sambor Prei Kuk Archaelogical Park.

According to the new directive from the Cambodian Ministry of Economy and Finance, issued on 31st October 2017, and the letter from the National Authority for Sambor Prei Kuk (dd. 28 November 2017) to all concerned Agencies and Tour Operators in Cambodia, the new rates and entrance fees to Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Park will be increased to US$10 per person/per day, effective from January 1st 2018 onwards.
Located in Kampong Thom Province, 181 km east of Angkor and 196 km north of the capital Phnom Penh, this walled city covers an area of 25km² and features numerous temples, 10 of which are uniquely octagonal. Sambor Prei Kuk—which literally means “the temple in the richness of the forest” in Khmer—is believed to be the site of Ishanapura, the capital of an ancient empire which one covered modern day Cambodia and the Mekong Delta. The now ruined complex dates back to the Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom (late 6th to 9th century),

The site’s temples are “unique specimens of their genre in Southeast Asia”. The site is actually home to three temple complexes:

  • Prasat Sambor (ប្រាសាទសំបូរ) is considered the main temple and it dates from the 7th century. It was dedicated to one of the reincarnations of Shiva known as Gambhireshvara.
  • Prasat Yeah Puon (ប្រាសាទយាយព័ន្ធ) includes 22 sanctuaries dated from the 7th century (600 – 635 AD) during the reign of Isanavarman I in dedication to Shiva.
  • The last temple is occupied by the Central Sanctuary, or Prasat Boram

Visits to Sambor Prei Kuk can be done either “on-the-way” from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in a chronological way, as to witness the evolution of the archaeological styles of the Khmer Temples, or vice-versa on the way back to the capital city. A brief stop at the small Kompong Thom Museum, with its beautiful artifacts of Sambor Prei Kuk style, is a real must-see as well!