Angkor Wat Cambodia

Takeo Province to the south of Phnom Penh is overlooked as visitors to the Kingdom race off to the Temples of Angkor and the beaches of Sihanoukville. Travelers to Kep and Kampot also miss out on what this province rich in history has to offer. Aerial photos reveal the area around the Killing Fields was an ancient site. South of the Killing Fields located between Rt. 2 and Rt. 3 is one of the best kept ancient prasats in the country at Wat Kandal Stoung.  South of this wat are a couple of sites that have been reduced to rubble. Not much remains as time and war have taken its toll. Not far is Takeo Province which extends to the Vietnam border.  Temples from the 1st century through Angkor times dot the countryside in between. Takeo experience fierce fighting during the Khmer Rouge and has its share of genocidal sites.  Near the Provincial Capital Takeo, Ta Mok, Pol Pots right hand man made his residence.  Nearby is Prasat Chup Pol a 7th Century site. In addition to the rich history, Takeo is popular for its silk weaving.  Near Phnom Tamao is a Wildlife and  Bird sanctuary and an ancient Prasat on the Hill.

 

Prasat Angkor Kandal Stoung

PRASAT ANGKOR AT WAT KANDAL STOUNG

 

Foundation      Lintel

SOUTH OF WAT KANDAL STOUNG OFF RT 2 A NEW WAT UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON AN OLD FOUNDATION AND ALL THAT REMAINS IS THE LINTEL

 

Battle                  Battle 2

REMNANTS OF FIERCE FIGHTING AT A WAT ALONG THE TAKEO PROVINCE BORDER

 

Monk

A MONK AT WAT KANDAL STOUNG MORE THAN HAPPY TO GET ON THE BIKE AND SHOW OFF HIS NEIGHBORHOOD

 

TONLE BATI

Located only 30K south of Phnom Penh off of Rt. 2  is Tonle Bati. It is home to 12-13th Century Ta Phrom Temple, dedicated to Buddhism,  built during Jayavarman VII. Only 100 meters away over looking Bati Lake is remnants of Prat Yiey Pauv.  It is very well preserved and covered with beautiful bas-reliefs. It is an easy journey from Phnom Penh either by car, tuk tuk or moto.

 

 Tonle Bati 3

TA PHROM TEMPLE INNER SANCTUARY

 

Tonle_Bati           Tonle Bati

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEASONS

 

Tonle Bati 5

TA PHROM TEMPLE

 

Tonle Bati                   Tonle Bati

Relief work on the inner sanctuary walls. Note the simulated window with a simulated bamboo shade.

 

Tonle Bati

OUTER WALLS OF TA PHROM

 

Preah Noreay                  Butterfly

PREAY NOREAY LEFT AND BEAUTIFUL COLORS ON A RAINY DAY

 

Srey Onh

ONE OF THE LOCALS ON THE TEMPLE GROUNDS

 

NEANG KAMAL

        Neang Kamal

TWO OF ORIGINALY THREE TOWERS BUILT IN THE 10TH CENTURY UNDER JAYAVARMAN IV

Neang Kamal

NEANG KAMAL IS ABOUT 45 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF PHNOM PENH NEAR PHNOM CHISSOR

 

PHNOM CHISSOR

Phnom Chissor  (Chi So) is about 45 K south of Phnom Penh off of Rt. 2  To access the Prasat at the top of the hill one must climb 390 steps. Prasat Chi So was built at the beginning of the 11th Century and was  built by King Suryarvarman I and dedicated to Brahmanism.

Phnom Chissor          Phnom Chissor

Relief work above an entrance and inside the temple grounds. An amazing combination of small brick and large stone construction.

 

Phnom Chissor       Phnom Chissor

OPPOSING VIEWS. PRASAT CHI SO ON THE HILL AND 11TH CENTURY SENPOUVEANG GOPURA SITE BELOW

 

Phnom Chissor

SENPOUVEANG GOPURA

 

Phnom Chi So                Wood doors

PHNOM CHISSOR TEMPLE AND 1000 YEAR OLD WOODEN DOORS

 

Phnom Chissor

COOLING OFF IN THE SHADE

 

cows

cows

cows

COWS CROSSING A RIVER ON THE PLAINS NEAR PHNOM CHISSOR  BRAHMANISM LIVES ON

 

ANGKOR BOREI

Angkor Borei is somewhat of a difficult area to access.  It can be reached on a provincial road south of Phnom Chissor, or by boat along a long canal from Takeo in the wet season. Angkor Borei is a Funan Period Site (1st- 6th Century AD) of the ancient port of Au Keo.  In town is a museum with artifacts of the period.  Located south of town on adjacent hills are Prasat Phnom Da and Asram Moharosei.

Angkor Borei

A VIETNAMESE WOMAN PEDDLES THROUGH TOWN

 

Angkor Borei         Angkor Borei

THE DIFFERENCE IN SEASONS AT THE ONCE ANCIENT PORT OF AU KEO

 

Angkor Borei     Angkor Borei

Asram Moharosei made of basalt and Prasat Phnom Da built around the 6th century.

 

Angkor Borei

Inside the museum.   Aerial photographs of the town reveal large walls that once surrounded the city.

 

PHNOM BAYUANG

Located on the south end of the province near the Vietnam border, Phnom Bayuang is home to 7th Century Prasat Bayuang. There are 5 prasat sites in the surrounding area. One on a nieghboring hill and valley and two on a lower hill closer to the access road of Rt. 2  On the south side of the mountain is a waterfall

    Bayuang

A VIEW FROM ONE OF THE SURROUNDING PRASATS TO PHNOM BAYUANG PRASAT ON THE TOP OF THE PEAK

 

Bayuang

ANCIENT STAIRS ARE THE LAST ASCENT  TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND MAIN TEMPLE SITE

 

Bayuang

THESE CARE TAKERS WERE HAPPY TO HAVE VISITORS

 

Bayuang

PRASAT BAYUANG AT THE TOP OF THE SUMMIT

 

Bayuang               Bayuang

A CRUDER RENDITION OF WHAT ONE WILL FIND AT SAMBOR PRE KUK  NEAR KAMPONG THOM AND A PRASAT IN A VALLEY BETWEEN TWO SUMMITS

 

Bayuang

A PRASAT AT LOWER LEVELS OVER LOOKING THE FLOOD PLAIN OF TAKEO PROVINCE

 

 

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