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Preah Vihear temple is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of Khmer Empire that is situated atop a 525 metres cliff in the Dangrek Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, the International Court of Justice  (ICJ) in the Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia. 

Prasat Preah Vihear is the compound of words Prasat, Preah and Vihear. Prasat means "castle" sometimes "temple", Preah means "sacred" and Vihear means "shrine" the word Vihear could be related to the Sanskrit word Vihara. 

Construction of the first on the site began in the early 9th century, both then and in the following centuries it was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara. Today, elements of Banteay Srey style of the late 10th century can be seen, but most of the temple was constructed during the reigns of the Khmer kings Suryavarman I (1006-1050) and Suryavarman II (1113-1150). An inscription found at the temple provides a detailed account of Suryavarman II studying sacred rituals, celebrating religious festivals and making gifts, including white parasols, golden bowls and elephants, to his spiritual advisor, the aged Brahmin Divakarapandita. The Brahmin himself took an interest in the temple, according to the inscription, donating to it a golden statue of a dancing Shiva known as Nataraja. In the wake of the decline of Hinduism in the region the site was converted to use by Buddhists.

We offer daily private tour from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear temple with excellent English speaking driver, SUV car, safe, friendly and reliale, wich cost only 110$/car - round trip. 

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