Besides this English name, the Vihear (temple) is better known to Cambodians as Wat Preah Keo Morokat (The Emerald Buddha Temple).
The Silver Pagoda is revered by Cambodians and appreciated by visitors as one of the most popular cultural spots in Phnom Penh. The majority of treasures on display have been supplied by the King of Cambodia such as gifts from various other countries.
Among the major treasures on display are a 90-kg standing Buddha with 2,089 decorative diamonds, the Emerald Buddha and the 5,329 pure-silver-tile that covering the floor (Each tile weighting 1.15 Kg.)
This is one of the city’s attractions for the visitor, because of its magnificent colonial-style, which was built in 1937. It provides a vast indoor shopping space
An Angkorian style tower, located in the heart of the capital. It was built in 1954 to symbolize Cambodian Independence Day after winning back their independence from the French on the 9th of November 1953.
Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)
Before 1975, it was a school called Toul Svay Prey High School, which was later, converted into a prison called Toul Sleng used by the infamous Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). The Khmer Rouge cadres knew it as S-21 that stands for Security-21. During that dramatic period, more than 10 thousand prisoners had been detained, tortured and murdered in this prison.
Located 15 km outside of Phnom Penh City. This Killing Field site was used to bury the victims from Toul Sleng prison. This site is covered by mass graves and is a memorial containing the remains of victims.
Most of these village people are weavers of traditional cotton fabric. They use a traditional loom to produce the cotton scarf (Krama). The village is hidden in Mekong delta vegetation.
It is about 40 km from Phnom Penh Capital, and one of the Angkorian-style temples Visitors enjoy seeing the temples of Ta Prohm and Prasat Yeay Peo that are both dated back to 12th Century A.D.
This mount is located 57 km from Phnom Penh. On its top, an ancient temple, dated back to 11th century, surrounded by a beautiful views of the countryside. It is a Buddhist traditional pilgrimage destination for Cambodians.
Oudong, Former Capital
After King Ponhea Yat abandoned the capital city of Angkor in 1422,Oudong was one of the capital cities before Phnom Penh. The mount is topped by the enormous ancient stupors and is surrounded by tropicalforest. Visitors enjoy this panoramic view overlooking rice-field, forests, lakes and other scenery.
SIEM REAP Province
Patrimony for the humanity!
Cambodia is rich of historic sites, especially the remains of the Golden Age of Angkor whose temples are found mainly in Siem Reap, about 314 km North-West of Phnom Penh, Angkor was the biggest city in South East Asia during the 9th -12th century, comprising numerous monuments out of comparison. The Angkor temples were built by fine Khmer architecture, naturalistic, complicated and full of symbolism. Hidden in the forest, they are embalmed by the perfume of the Krovan and Rumduol flowers and made lively by the lugubrious song of cicadas. The time spend to see the temples is unlimited.
Angkor Wat, a marvelous temples, the most well known all around the world, was built in the beginning of the 12th century. Its magnificent five towers in the form of lotus bud rise majestically, and are used as emblem in Cambodia flag. The architecture and bas-relief of the temple symbolize the wealth, prosperity and engineering of Khmer people, and the zenith of Khmer culture.
Bayon is just in the center of Angkor Thom, the city erected by Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th century. The main tower and the fifty surrounded others are all ordained by the four mystic and smiling faces of Avalokitecvara, starting at four points of the compass.
Banteay Srei (Femal Citadel), about 30km North of Siem Reap. was built in the second fall of the 10th century, dedicated to Shiva. The beauty of the red sandstone bas-reliefs is very wonderful.
Other multiple impressive temples on the Small Circuit and the Grand Circuit need also to be visited, like the pyramidal sanctuary Takeo dedicated to Shiva, Bakheng the heart of the first Angkor, Pre Rup in brick on a pyramidal tiers, Ta Prohm invaded by the forest, Preah Khan…
Three hours by bus from Phnom Penh, this Cambodian pristine resort offers an exceptional preserved natural environment. This tropical beach with clear water and glittering white sand is naturally decorated by splendid rock formations. The tranquil water is perfect for swimming, sunbathing or just relaxing. Sihanoukville also has natural view, clean fresh air and delicious seafood. You also can take a boat trip to one of secluded islands and practice diving.
Kompong Thom Province
This province is the central province of Cambodia and one of the five provinces bordering the Tonle Sap Great Lake. Rice, fishery production and logging are the major resources of this province. It is also a rich historic site with Pre-Angkorian temples from the time of King Isanavarman when he successful united the Khmer mainland (Chenla Kork) and Khmer water territory (Chenla Toek).
The famous Sambor Prei Kuk site displays almost 200 clay-brick temples. This ancient city was used as the capital of the Khmer Empire for centuries.
Kompong Cham Province
This rich province is one of the most populated in Cambodia. Most of its surface is covered by the red-soil and has become famous for its rubber, tobacco, soy-bean plantations and other raw materials for modern industry. A first Mekong bridge will be completed in 2004 that will help the province to grow rapidly. More than the above mentioned, it also includes the temples of Nokor Ba Chey (12th Century), the Pre-Angkorian Han Chey and Phnom Pros Phnom Srei that are amongst the highlight of sites to be visited.
TaKeo is one of the Cambodia Southern provinces where the Funan Kingdom was established in 1st century A.D. The archeological site, land & canal wall of the old state and various potteries are remarkable. Phnom Da is the famous temple made of clay bricks, built at the time of Angkor Borei.
Banlung is the provincial capital of Rattanakiri and the natural starting point to explore the natural attractions in the vicinity. Rattanakiri is a remote and beautiful area with wonderful eco-tourism potential. Primary and secondary forests, and a wide variety of flora and fauna abound. Waterfalls, natural streams, volcanic lakes, gem mines, elephants and other wildlife make it a trekker’s dream.
There are eight major ethnic tribes in the province of some 70,000 people. Non-Khmer make up of 80 per cent of the population. The Khmer, Lao and Chinese inhabit the lower regions while the Tampaun, Kreng, Preuw, Jarai, Kachok, Kavet and Lun tribes inhabit the highland and mountainous areas.
The major attraction is the volcanic lake Yak Lom. About four and a half kilometers from Banlung, the almost perfectly circular lake is 47 meters deep. The longhouse is another thing you should not miss.
The morning market is a colorful experience where different tribe people from the outskirts gather to hawk their goods
Koh Kong is a province located about 277km South-West of Phnom Penh. There are numerous natural attraction sites: the white sand beaches islands, rain forest, water falls, mangrove habitat, fishing places and many more. Koh Kong is covered with 70% mountain and 20% sea. Koh Kong can be reach by flight from Phnom Penh (45 minutes), by fast boat from Sihanouk vile (around 3 hours) and by road from Thailand at Cham Yeam international border. For tourists, Koh Kong refers to a lovely seaside town Surrounded by forests and hills. For Cambodians, Koh Kong represents the dream of a better life.
While the quaint town on Cambodia’s southwest coast is q tourist drawing Cambodians to this province for years.
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