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Phnom Kulen Cambodia

Cambodia

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Northeast of Siem Reap, there are two sites famous for riverbed linga carvings. Since this entire part of the country was out of reach during the 90s, because it was mined and under Khmer Rouge control, this was my first chance to visit. We traveled by taxi from Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen, where we saw a sacred spring and the riverbed carvings, as well as a clifftop statue of a reclining Buddha. The most powerful part of the day, though, we found at the end of a very rough one-hour (8-mile) ride on the backs of motorcycles to the Sras Damrei (Elephant Pool) site. The path through the forest was mostly a deep dirt trail, although at times we were crossing broad areas of bald rock and fording small streams. The trail ended in a steep cliffside, where ancient stone carvings of an elephant, two lions, an ox, and a frog (or was it a leopard? this seems to be in dispute) have been standing guard over the forest for long centuries.
Apsara of the forest

Apsara of the forest

Holy water from this springs flows over the carved lingas of the riverbed

Holy water from this springs flows over the carved lingas of the riverbed

Filling up with Johnny Walker Black Label

Filling up with Johnny Walker Black Label

First part of the trail

First part of the trail

Pointing the way to Sras Damrei

Pointing the way to Sras Damrei

Walking when it's too rough to ride

Walking when it's too rough to ride

Sacred spring

Sacred spring

Children of the forest

Children of the forest

Riverbed carvings

Riverbed carvings

Guardians of the forest

Guardians of the forest

Protector of the traveler

Protector of the traveler

On the way back

On the way back

Wat Preah Ang Thom at Phnom Kulen

Wat Preah Ang Thom at Phnom Kulen

Posted by kkhopper 14.02.2013 00:32 Archived in Cambodia

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