PHNOM PENH, July 9 — The UN cultural organisation added an ancient temple site in Cambodia to its world heritage list, the government said today, bringing the number of heritage sites in the South-east Asian country to three.
Sambor Prei Kuk, or “temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, located 206 km (128 miles) north of the capital Phnom Penh, is home to numerous temples, ten of which are octagonal.
“Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces,” Unesco said on its website.
Unesco said the area had been identified as Ishanapura, the capital of the ancient Chenla Empire, a Khmer civilisation that flourished in the late 6th and 7th centuries and preceded the Khmer Empire.
Its remains cover an area of 25 square kilometres. The site has become increasingly popular with foreign tourists.