Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Temple of Preah Vihear


The Temple of Preah Vihear in Cambodia is an ancient Hindu temple built during the reign of the Khmer Empire. It is situated atop a 525-metre cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, 400 km north of Phnom Penh and 140 km northeast of Angkor -  in immediate proximity to Cambodia’s border with Thailand.

The history of the founding of the Temple of Preah Vihear is known, thanks for the five inscriptions found. The first was found in Angkor, while the other four were on the side of the Temple of Preah Vihear.

As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings, hence the temple bears elements of several architectural styles. The temple also gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, where it is now located.

The Temple of Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7 Jul 2008. This stamp issue by The Ministry of Posts and Communications of the Kingdom of Cambodia is to commemorate this event.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Nov 2008
Postmark : Kingdom of Cambodia
Denomination : 6,000R
Stamp Size : 31mm x 45mm
Printing Process : Offset

A LIL' NOTE

The natural and spectacular setting of the three summits six hundred meters above of and overlooking the plain was, according to some experts, an invocation of the spirit of the founders of the Devine Trinity in Hinduism : VISHNU-SHIVA-BRAHMA.

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