Phra Wihan, or Prear Vihear in Khmer, is set atop a 547 meter spike of the Dongrek mountains.
Located on the Thai-Cambodian border about 140 kilometers southwest of Ubon Ratchathani, there has been a long running dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over ownership due to the fact that the temple entrance is accessible from just inside the Thai border but the central sanctuary stands on Cambodian soil.
Climb to the summit
Built around the same time as Phanom Rung as a tribute to the Hindu God Shiva, this is one of the most astonishing religious monuments to be seen in Thailand. The steep climb to the summit is rewarded with rest stops at the various temple platforms and the spectacular views from the top are truly worth the climb.
Prear Vihear is an historical landmark and bears witness to centuries of worship, and, in recent years, was as a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge.
At the time of writing there is a standoff between Cambodian and Thai troops in the grounds of the temple complex. It relates to the decision by UNESCO to award World Heritage status to Prear Vihear.
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Map of Phra Wihan
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Places near Phra Wihan
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- Phanom Rung 175 kilometers away
- Phimai 251 kilometers away
- Nakhon Phanom 331 kilometers away
- Khao Yai National Park 341 kilometers away
- Koh Munnork 383 kilometers away
- Isaan 384 kilometers away
- Koh Kood 385 kilometers away
- Udon Thani 390 kilometers away
- Koh Samet 407 kilometers away
- Nong Khai 437 kilometers away
- Ayutthaya 446 kilometers away
- Bangkok 456 kilometers away
- Loei Province 466 kilometers away