Monument sights in Sambor Prei Kuk
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Prasat Tao, the largest of the Sambor Prei Kuk structures, boasts two excellent examples of Chenla carving in the form of two large, elaborately coiffed stone lions.
Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments, encompasses more than 100 mainly brick temples scattered through the forest, among them some of the oldest structures in the country. Originally called Isanapura, Sambor Prei Kuk was the capital of Chenla during the reign of the early-7th-century King Isanavarman and continued to be an important learning centre during the Angkorian era.
The main temple area consists of three complexes, each enclosed by the remains of two concentric walls. Their basic layout - a central tower surrounded by shrines, ponds and gates - may have served as an inspiration for the architects of Angkor five centuries…