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Hidden in the forests and overgrown by weeds and trees about 40 kilometers from Kampong Thom city lies the cradle of Khmer culture: The ancient city and temples of Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Group, the capital of the vast Zhenla (Chenla) kingdom in the late 6th early 7th century. The site is identified with Isanapura mentioned in the Khmer epigraphic corpus and in Chinese historical documents. At the height of their power, the kings of Zhenla ruled over most of modern Cambodia, southern Laos, and Thailand. Numberous archaeological remains are well preserved in this group of monuments. The sculptures, structures, and temples of Sambo Prei Kuk represent a significant stage in the development of Khmer arts. That is, by assimilating Indian cultural influences while maintaining the original culture of the land, they constitute a first step in the indigenization process that artistic styles, represented by the Flying unique to Khmer culture. Architectural and artistic styles, represented by the Flying Palaces and decorative lintels with monstrous figures of Makara, are unique features in the Khmer Arts. This group of monuments is extremely significant not only for Cambodia, but also for Southeast Asia, as they are the only remaining architectural constructions that exemplify the architecture of the early period in a sizable quantity. Result of recent studies indicate the ancient monuments are more numerous and widely disbursed than expected. Numbers of archeological traces as religious monuments, water structures and engineering structures were found and these evidences draw the existing of ancient city in huge scale. The ancient city where monuments of Sambor Prei Kuk are found today was identified as ISANAPURA, the capital of Zhenla in the late 6th early 7th century. Zhenla was a former vassal of the Funan kingdom, but it gradually gained its power and eventually King Citrasena Mahendravarman of Zhenla asserted his independence having conquered the kingdom of Funan. The name of this city also appears in Chinese historical literature (literally, Isana castle). Among them, the Book of Sui contains a particularly descriptive passage, and provides an early record of Isanapura in the first half of the 7th century. The Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, a travek and topographical record by a Tang Buddhist monk named Xuanzang, contains mention of (Isanapura) as one of the six South Sea states indicating that the prosperity of the Zhenla Dynasty extended to foreign countries.

Field Trip of BELTEI IS Grade 12 Students to Sambo Prey Kuk Temple
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Annual Trip for BELTEI Tour Staff to Haven Island Organized by BELTEI Tour

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