Relief of catching a "Nāga" snake

A visit at Khao Phra Vihaan

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Khao Phra Vihaan map

This map of the historical place was copied out from th Internet to show the area as a view from above.

Crashed down chopper at Khao Phra Vihaan

This helicopter crash site was up there on my trip up back in the 90's. It was a Thai army copter that crashed while bringing up some friend of either the Thai King or the Prime Minister, thats was local people say.

Way back to the first level

The temple ruins here are not in the best of shape. There has been little restoration of the ruins themselves here over the years, actually, none at all. The Cambodians are very poor and do not spend any money toward upkeeping the ruins. Conversely at another Khmer ruin inside of Thailand, the Khao Phanom Rung temple complex, the Thais have restored the ruins with the help of the French archaeologists and the grounds are well kept, beautiful even, and very clean and pleasant.

Beside the historical path of Phra Vihaan

The debris of a crashed Thai chopper still lie beside the ancient place. People tell different stories about the cause of the crash.

Remains of the first level

As you can see a Cambodian flag now flies over the entrance to the ruins where a Thai flag once flew. There are many bitter feelings toward the Thai from the Cambodian people due to the amount of time the Thais held onto these ruins.

Relief of catching a "Nāga" snake

In a Cambodian legend, the Nāga were a reptilian race of beings who possessed a large empire or kingdom in the Pacific Ocean region. The Nāga King's daughter married an Indian Brahmana named Kaundinya, and from their union sprang the Cambodian people. Therefore still Cambodians say that they are "Born from the Nāga".

Prasat Khao Phra Vihaan is a Holy Cambodian national symbol

In modern times, the temple's location on the border between Cambodia and Thailand led to a dispute over ownership. In 1954, Thailand formally occupied the temple. In 1959, Cambodia applied to the International Court of Justice in the Hague to rule that the temple lay in Cambodian territory. In subsequent proceedings before the court, Cambodia based much of its case on a map drawn up in 1907 by French officers, some of whom had been part of a 1904 joint border demarcation commission formed by Thailand, then…

Prasat Khao Phra Vihaan, Cambodia

In January 2000 this ancient place on Cambodian territory was opened for visitors a short time. My home place in Bangkok is opposite of the Thai Forest Department and we've very good connections to the officers who immediately informed us that this place we could have to visit. Due the permanent conflict between the local Cambodian and Thai officers about making the tourist business this very interesting and amazing place is closed for the public most of the time. Several attempts were made after 1991 to o…

Third level of the Prasat Khao Phra Vihaan

Gopura of the Third Level is the biggest and the most completed gopura; the building is similar to gopura of the first and second level. Beyond, there is a wall or a pa-rapet round a palace which archeologists calls prasat.
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