Border Dispute

Claimed by both countries because of a misdrawn French map (that went unchallenged by Thailand for decades), the temple was awarded to Cambodia in a 1962 World Court ruling. Thailand's bruised pride never healed. In June 2008, as the Cambodian government sought Unesco World Heritage status for the complex, a border conflict over 4.6 sq km of land in front of the temple flared and led to deadly clashes between the nations' armies and became a cause célèbre of Thailand's ultra-nationalists. The situation remains unresolved and Thailand has shut the border.