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Tree roots swallowing temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, 17 miles...

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Caption: Tree roots swallowing temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, 17 miles from Kompong Thom near Angkor Wat
Scientific name: Tetrameles nudiflora
Copyright: © Yvette Cardozo
Photographer Code: CAMBODIA_0754A
AGPix ID: AGPix_Cardozo_1632
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Comments: The temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, 17 miles from Kompong Thom, were part of the pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, which was the first major temple city in Southeast Asia. The temples, built by King Eysanvaraman I, are a combination of volcanic rock bricks and carved sandstone and date back to the sixth through ninth centuries. They were Hindu, not Buddhist, as many later temples were. The temple complex is divided into three areas. Here we have the remains of a temple in the South Group that has been swallowed by a strangler fig tree.

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