Located in northern Cambodia, Prasat Preah Vihear Province borders Thailand in the northwest and Laos in the northeast, with considerable mineral resources. Cambodia has two world cultural heritage sites: one is the world-famous Angkor Wat while the other is the little-known Preah Vihear Temple located in Prasat Preah Vihear Province.
Selected as the “Charming city” in Cambodia for the 14th CAEXPO for the first time, Prasat Preah Vihear Province will unveil its mystery, tell the world of its heavy history, show its rich mineral, agricultural and forestry resources and display its vigorous development.
Preah Vihear Temple is a must-see in Prasat Preah Vihear Province, giving full expression to the force of faith. Located on the Dangrek Mountains with an altitude of 525 meters on the border between Thailand and Cambodia, this temple was built after the 4th monarch Yasovarman of Kingdom Angkor acceded to the throne in 889, known as the “Angkor wonder on the cliff about 525 meters high”.
Standing on the mountaintop, one can see Thailand on one side and Cambodia on the other side. The gate of the temple is magnificent, and the buildings feature exquisite carved patterns on the upturned corners of the eaves, looking harmonious with the surroundings. The architectural attainments are unique.
In addition, Prasat Preah Vihear Province is rich in mineral resources, forests and fruit trees, teeming with precious forest trees like teak, iron wood, red sandalwood and ebony and a variety of bamboos. It also boasts the largest sugarhouse in Asia, with an average daily output of 2,400 tons. Local people, honest and kind, live a modern farming life in peace and contentment.
This year marks the China-ASEAN Tourism Cooperation Year. According to the latest statistical data of Cambodian Ministry of Tourism, China is still the largest tourist source of Cambodia in the first quarter of 2017, and more and more tourists choose to visit Cambodia, which, to some extent, is attributed to the promotion of CAEXPO.
The special of “Charming cities” of CAEXPO has become the best platform for Cambodia to show its characteristic culture and tourist resources to China and even the whole world. This special, like a bridge, provides a platform for exchanges and cooperation among cities of China and ASEAN countries. The inter-city exchanges exert subtle influence on each other, the inter-city stories moisturize things in silence, and the inter-city pragmatic cooperation has yielded results at CAEXPO.
So far, a total of eight provinces and cities of Cambodia have showed their charm at CAEXPO. What wonderful performance will Prasat Preah Vihear Province give this year? Let’s wait and see!