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|Date:||11th century CE|
|King:||Suryavarman I (reign 1002 – 1050 CE)|
Chau Srei Vibol (Khmer: ប្រាសាទចៅស្រីវិបុល, modern name Wat Trak) is a remote ruined temple, about 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of Angkor Wat Temple on the ancient road which led to Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, the large city-temple complex located some 75 kilometres (46 miles) further to the east.
Chau Srei Vibol is a small hilltop temple that is now in ruins, but a sanctuary and two libraries with decorative carvings are readily identifiable. A couple of broken lions flank the steep eastern entrance gate.
The site provides several interesting features, and is worth a visit if you have the time and enjoy solitude – I usually have the place to myself when I visit.
Chau Srei Vibol was built during a high-point in the Angkor Empire. Suryavarman I ruled a huge empire, covering much of southern Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and the Malay Peninsula.
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