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Preah Vihear temple belong to Khmer not Thai

World cultural heritage – Preahvihear Temple

The floating temple

In July 2008, the Cambodian “Preah Vihear” Temple ruins was registered bythe UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.
Located 400km from the capital Phnom Penh, these stone carved ruins stand on theCambodian territory while facing the Thailand border. It was built during the Khmer dynasty (6th to 15th century) on top of a cliff.
An emerald green forest stretches before ones eyes, a very rare scenic beauty in this world, hence its name : “The floating temple”.
The Preah Vihear temple has been at the centre of a border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia for more than a century.
The temple was built mainly in the 11th and 12th centuries, when the Khmer empire was at its height. Its construction was ordered by the kings who commissioned Cambodia’s most famous temple at Angkor.
Maps drawn by Cambodia’s French colonial rulers and Thailand (or Siam as it was then known) showed the temple as belonging to Cambodia, but in later decades Thailand said the maps were not official and were therefore invalid.
In 1962 the International Court of Justice granted the temple to Cambodia, but Thailand claimed much of the surrounding land, leaving Cambodia’s only access to the temple up a steep hillside.
But the territorial row with Thailand lingered on, and in 2001 Thai troops blocked access for more than a year in a dispute about polluted water at the site.
Tensions increased in July 2008, after Cambodia’s successful bid to have the temple listed as a World Heritage site.
In April this year, troops from both sides exchanged fire across the disputed border. Thai authorities said at least two Thai soldiers died and seven were wounded.
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