Ancient Cambodian temple city poised for rebirth; AFP


Cambodia – Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura

SAMBOR PREI KUK (Cambodia) • It has survived centuries of monsoon rain, a United States bombing campaign and rampant looting.

Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance – and is drawing tourists to its forest- cocooned ruins.

Cloistered by trees and linked by winding dirt trails, the site has played second fiddle to its much bigger cousin to the west – Angkor Wat – Cambodia’s top tourist destination.

But last month, it gained a listing by the Unesco World Heritage Centre, promising a tourist bonanza that could breathe new life into a once-thriving 6th and 7th century metropolis.

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