Phnom Da Angkor Borei
Takeo Province Tours
There are several attractions places that make a good day trips in Takeo province such as:
● Phnom Da Temple & Angkor Borei
● Phnom Chisor Temple
● Phnom Tamao wildlife Rescue Centre
● Tonle Bati & Taprohm Temple
● Neang Khmao Temple
Takeo , the oldest of Cambodia is 24 provinces, is one of the most developed provinces in Cambodia.It is rich in history relating to the Nokor Phnom period and the Zhenla Empire. The tourism industry here is developing rapidly and playing role in the changing faces of the province. In TaKeo province there are 34 ancient temples that are the heritage and soul of the Khmer, making the province a popular destination for tourists. Among the temples in Takeo province , parts of six are still standing. They include :
Phnom Da Temple :
It was built on the top of a small hill in 6th century by king Rutravarman, who reigned during the Nokor Phnom period, according to the french historian Mibreno. The temple is 12 meters square and 18 meters high. It was constructed of laterite , brick and sandstone. A Brahman temple, it faces north towards Nokor kork Thalork, which was the capital of Nokor Phnom at the time the temple was built. There is no rampart. The temple of peak is damaged, and a sculpure depicting the story of Churning of the Ocean of Milk has been broken into two parts. A lintel illustrates the figure of sleeping Vishnu. There are false doors on three sides and a real door that opens on the north side. In the flank of the hill are five man-made caves that reflect the style of Phnom Da, which is similar to india style. In each cave , there is a Shiva lingam and Uma yoni, objects that Bramans worship. During the Pol Pot regime , between 1975 and 1979, the caves were used as cremation places by the Khmer Rouge.
About 300 meters southwest of the temple is another smaller temple known as Asrom Moha Eysei . Built at the end of the 6th century in Zhenla period, during the reign of king Pavavarman I , the temple has five windows and two doors. It is 5.5 meters square and 7 meters high , it is built that faces north.
Neang Khmao Temple :
Neang Kmao temple is located in Rovieng commune, Samrong district, off National Road 2 about 52 kilometers south of Phnom Penh. This temple is inside Wat Neang Kmao. Constructed of sandstone and brick in the style of Koh ker, the temple was built by king Jayavarman IV from 921-941 in the 10th century for the worship of Brahmanism. The site originally consisted of three temples built side by side, however, only two are still standing, and both are heavily damaged.
Phnom Chisor Temple
Phnom Chisor temple is a historical site located in Sla village , Rovieng commune , Samrong district , about 62 kilometers south of Phnom Penh. Phnom Chisor temple was built in the early 11th century by king Suryavarman I (AD 1002-1050), Who practiced Brahmanism. Constructed of sandstone and other stones, it is 60 meters long and 50 meters wide and sits atop a mountain. The temple is surrounded by two galleries. The first gallery , is 60 meters long each side. The second, smaller gallery, is in the middle,where there is the main worship place with two doors and a wooden statue. There are beautiful sculptures on the lintel and the pillars. All the tourists usually climb the staircase on the west side of the mountain, which has 390 steps and descend by the south side staircase, which has 408 steps. Another set of stairs in frond of the temple links the to Sen Chhmos temple, Sen Phouvang temple and Tonle Om, a lake considered sacred by Brahmans and used for washing away sins. In addition, there is a mountain cave, Vimean Chan, located about 150 meters south of the temple. It is a quiet place for Brahmans or ascetics to meditate. During the American war with Vietnamese, the site was bombed, dislodging several large rocks that block the entrance to the cave today.
Tonle Bati is located in Thnal Teaksin village, Krang Thnoung commune, Bati district , about 35 kilometers from phnom penh . Tonle Bati is a place of worship and features two ancient temples , Taprohm and Yeay Pov, and a pagoda, Wat Tonle Bati, which was built in 1576.
This temple, adapted from Bayon style , was built during the late 12th and early 13th centuries, during the reign of king Jayavarman VII ( AD 1181-1220 ) as a place of worship for Brahmans and Buddhists. The temple is 42 meters long , 36 meters wide and 11 meters high. Today the temple body, the gallery , the wall, gopura and the moat surrounding the temple are heavily damaged. The temple was constructed of brick and laterite and divided into many rooms. The outside wall is decorated with bas-reliefs illustrating the Brahman story about the celestial nymph. Inside the temple are five rooms and a 13th century Buddha statue that faces east.
Yeay Pov Temple
Yeay Pov temple is behind Wat Tonle Bati , about 100 meters from Ta Prohm Temple . Constructed of sandstone in the 12th century, it is 7 meters square and faces east. In addition, there is also a natural lake that is 7000 meters long . During the dry season , the lake is 1000 meters wide and 1 to 2.5 meters deep. During the rainy season , it swells to 1,500 meters wide and is about 4 meters deep.
Phnom Tamao wildlife Rescue Centre
Phnom Tamao National zoo covers 70 hectares and is under the supervision of the department. It features 84 varieties of birds , quadrupeds and reptiles. The animals, which include alligators, elephants , lions, tigers, and bears, were collected by the Ministry of Agriculture.Some were recoved from people illegally trafficking wildlife in Cambodia.
Phnom Bayong & Environs
Affording breathtaking views of Vietnam’s pancake-flat Mekong Delta, the cliff-ringed by a 7th-century Chenla temple built to celebrate a victory over Funan. The linga originally in the inner chamber is now in paris’museé Guimet, but a number of flora-and fauna-themed bas-relief panels can still be seen, for example on the lintels of the three false doorways and carved into the brickwork.
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