Catagorize: Historical Sites & Monuments
Contact: Ban Phum Srol, Sao Thong Chai subdistrict, Kantharalak district, Sisaket province. Such area is the overlapping border between Thailand and Cambodia Tel. 0-4566-1443.
A top of the Phanom Dong Rak mountain ranges sits Khao Phra Viharn (Preah Vihear) Sanctuary which is located at Ban Phum Srol, Sao Thong Chai subdistrict, Kantharalak district, Sisaket province. Such area is the overlapping border between Thailand and Cambodia. In the past, it was possible to access Khao Phra Viharn from Thailand, but after a lengthy territorial dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, any access from Thailand has been restricted and visitors are required to get there via Cambodia.
Khao Phra Viharn was built in the 15th Buddhist Century during the reign of King Soryak Voraman I of the Ancient Khmer Empire. Based on the Hinduism, the sanctuary was made of sandstone. All buildings are linked to one another by an 800-meter-long paved way that stretches in the north – south direction and leads to the entrance of the main building on the mountain peak. There are 5 layers of “Gopura” or arched gates (the 1st Gopura is the innermost layer). Between each Gopura sits a long flight of stairs. Thus, entering each layer mean an elevation to the sacred place.
At the 5th Gopura or the innermost layer, visitors will find “Prasart Prathan,” a square building towering in the middle of the opening ground and surrounded by cloisters. Unlike other sanctuaries that face west, Khao Phra Viharn faces north.
“Pey Tadi” is the name given to a vast rock platform situated southwest of the cloisters. Traces of rock being gouged can be seen in this area, as some of the rock had been taken to build the sanctuary and the sanctuary’s components. Pey Tadi is a scenic point where visitors can see as far as Cambodia. It can be said that Pey Tadi is no less interesting than any other part of the sanctuary.
Direction: from Sisaket downtown, drive along Highway 221 which leads to Kantharalak district. Tourists can expect a checkpoint when approaching Khao Phra Viharn national park. After passing the checkpoint, continue onto the road ascending the mountain.
Opening hours: every day from 8.00 -16.30
Admission fee: 70 baht
Contact: 0 4566 1443