Preah Vihear Temple, Cambodia

Preah Vihear Temple

Preah Vihear Temple

Preah Vihear Temple (Khmer: ប្រាសាទព្រះវិហារ  Thai: Prasat Phra Viharn ปราสาทพระวิหาร) is a part of a large temple complex with was built during the reign of Khmer Empire in 10th – 12th century. Situated at a stunning location with breathtaking views.

The name Preah is a variation of the Sanskrit word Prasad – प्रासाद that also means sacred, and “Vihear” which is a variation of the Sanskrit word Vihara – विहार which means abode. The temple was also known as Sreysikharesvara (The power of the mountain).

Preah Vihear was one of the most sacred places for the Khmers. It was a seat of learning for more than 3 centuries.



The temple is situated atop a cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia, bordering the Sisaket province of eastern Thailand.