Thai Military builds Preah Vihear replica; quickly demolished soon after

A local Thai military commander builds a small replica of Preah Vihear near the original temple in the Thai side of the border in the hopes of boosting domestic tourism. But just as the attraction is set to open, the replica is shut down for fear of conflict with Cambodia. It’s been five years since hostilities ceased between the two countries over the World Heritage Site, and this episode shows how sensitive the issue remains in the region.

Replica Preah Vihear in Si Sa Ket Province. Source: Bangkok Post 20160425
Replica Preah Vihear in Si Sa Ket Province. Source: Bangkok Post 20160425

Military builds Preah Vihear temple replica
Bangkok Post, 25 April 2016

Khao Phra Viharn’s replica at Pha More E-daeng will open to public in May
Thai PBS, 27 April 2016

Phrea Vihear temple replica opening put on hold
Thai PBS, 09 May 2016

Commander moved, temple replica to be demolished
Thai PBS, 10 May 2016

Construction of the temple replica built at the cost of five million baht finished just a few weeks ago and open to public for visits briefly before it was ordered shut down by the Army chief.

The temple replica was said to promote tourism to Mor E-Daeng cliff after the original Preah Vihear temple is not yet open to visitors by Cambodia.

The cliff is about 700 metres from the Hindhu temple in Cambodia.

Matichon said Gen Teerachai also ordered the demolition of the temple replica as it might affect the current good relations of the two countries.

He also said the Foreign Ministry had earlier voiced disagreement to the construction of the temple replica.

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UK Foreign office declares Preah Vihear safe to visit

It’s been safe to travel to for some time now, of course. The article has a short backgrounder to the recent conflict between Thailand and Cambodia over Preah Vihear.


Preah Vihear temple in Cambodia now safe to visit
The Telegraph, 07 August 2015

A ninth century Angkorian temple on the boarder between Thailand and Cambodia is now considered safe to visit after being the subject of conflict between the two countries since 2008.

Soldiers from the Cambodia army have been guarding the Preah Vihear temple, surrounded in jungle and bearing similarities to Angkor Wat, for the last few years.

The few tourists that made it to the far north of Cambodia to visit the site were required to check in at an army base on arrival.

The temple, declared a World Heritage site in 2008, lies just 100 metres from the border with Thailand, a border that was created at the end of the Second World War.

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New book on Preah Vihear

The Phnom Penh Post has an interview with John Burgess and his new book on the Preah Vihear temple, Temple in the Clouds: Faith and Conflict at Preah Vihear.

Preah Vihear temple. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150530
Preah Vihear temple. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150530

Book tells the story of Cambodia’s Temple in the Clouds
Phnom Penh Post, 30 May 2015

Built on a cliff-top in the Dangrek mountain range that forms Cambodia’s northern border with Thailand, Preah Vihear temple is one of the Kingdom’s most spectacular attractions. But there’s much more to the site than a pretty view. Fresh off the presses, Temple in the Clouds: Faith and Conflict at Preah Vihear charts the temple’s fascinating history, from its construction during the reign of the Khmer empire and the controversial 1907 map drawn by the French that put the Thai-controlled but abandoned site on the Cambodian side of the border, to the bloody conflicts that resulted from it and the international court cases that ultimately confirmed Cambodia as its custodian. Post Weekend this week interviewed former Washington Post foreign correspondent John Burgess about his experiences researching and writing the book, the first comprehensive history of the temple.

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Preah Vihear hearings come to a close, ICJ to come to a ruling in months

Cambodia and Thailand finished up their arguments before the ICJ in The Hague last Friday and will await a ruling in the next few months. Here’s the last bit of news on the affair from both sides of the media.

Preah Vihear Temple

Thailand satisfied with legal team statement on Preah Vihear case
MCOT, 18 April 2013

Thailand swings back at Preah Vihear claims
Phnom Penh Post, 18 April 2013

‘No collusion’ over Preah Vihear
Bangkok Post, 21 April 2013

Cooperation key at Preah Vihear, whatever ICJ decides
Bangkok Post, 22 April 2013

Cambodia, Thailand to keep calm over border row regardless of ICJ’s decision
Xinhua, 22 April 2013

Preah Vihear hearing continues

A roundup of the news from the ongoing Preah Vihear case hearing at The Hague.

Preah Vihear Temple

Thailand: Cambodia has agenda
Bangkok Post, 17 April 2013

Cambodia Accused of Doctoring Maps in Temple Dispute
Radio Free Asia, 17 April 2013

P Penh accepted Thai view years ago: temple team
The Nation, 17 April 2013

Thailand, Cambodia argue Preah Vihear in front of ICJ

Thailand and Cambodia are presenting arguments before the International Court of Justice to determine the ownership of the land surrounding the Preah Vihear temple. The temple has been a source of contention between the two countries particularly since it was inscribed as a Cambodian World Heritage Site in 2008.

Preah Vihear Temple

UN court reopens case on ancient temple at core of Thai-Cambodian border dispute
United Nations News Centre, 15 April 2013

Cambodia, Thailand clash over temple at top UN court
AFP, via Yahoo News, 15 April 2013

Preah Vihear temple: UN court hears Thai-Cambodia dispute
BBC News, 15 April 2013

UN court hears Thai-Cambodia dispute
Al Jazeera, 15 April 2013

Thailand prepares to counter Cambodian claims, find loopholes
The Nation, 16 April 2013

Cambodia Counters Thai Border Claims at the Hague
Cambodia Daily, 16 April 2013

Cambodia’s ICJ stance ‘expected’
The Nation, 16 April 2013

Cambodia, Thailand lock horns over temple
Canberra Times, 16 April 2013
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Preah Vihear sees 90,000 visitors in first 11 months of 2012

Preah Vihear sees a dramatic rise in visitors this year with close to 90,000 visitors in the first 11 months of this year.

Preah Vihear, Phnom Penh Post, 20121214
Preah Vihear, Phnom Penh Post, 20121214

Preah Vihear Temple sees dramatic rise in tourists
Phnom Penh Post, 14 December 2012

Big increase in tourism at Preah Vihear
Bangkok Post, 14 December 2012
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Indonesian observers to be sent to disputed border

Indonesia confirms that a team of observers will be sent to the disputed border between Cambodia and Thailand at Preah Vihear.

Preah Vihear, cc image
Preah Vihear, cc image

Indonesian Observer Team Will Head to Cambodia-Thai Border
Jakarta Globe, 17 January 2012
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