To start out our wanderings through Cambodia, today we’ll land at Phnom Penh — one of the New 7 Wonders City finalists! — and promptly head out to visit the farthest south of the World Heritage local notabilities, the Tentative World Heritage Site
Site d’Angkor Borei et Phnom Da
Cette ancienne capitale du nom de Vyadhapura est située près du fleuve où se jette le Stun Sla Ku. On y a decouvert de très belles pieces archeologiques (sculptures, stèles..). Non loin se trouve le site du Phnom Da celebre pour ses grottes, sa tour en laterite et l’Asram Maha Rosei, édifice executé en pierre. Ce dernier montre la fusion de la cellule interieure avec le sanctuaire enveloppant.
Or, for nous ne parlons pas le français,
This ancient capital of the name of Vyadhapura is located near the river where the Stun Sla Ku flows. We discovered very beautiful archaeological pieces (sculptures, steles ..). Not far away is the famous Phnom Da site for its caves, its laterite tower and the Asram Maha Rosei, a stone edifice. The latter shows the fusion of the inner cell with the enveloping sanctuary.
Not overly long on description, those Cambodian Tentative Lists. Let’s check with the Angkor Temple Guide:
Angkor Borei is a town in Takeo province in the area of several ruins and archaeological digs. The area has been continuously inhabited for at least 2500 years and has yielded artifacts dating from the Neolithic period, the Funan period (4th/5th century AD) and Chenla (8th century AD) as well as the later Angkorian period (9th-15th century AD.) There are no significant temple ruins at Angkor Borei but there is a very interesting little museum displaying artifacts from the area and providing information on recent archaeological digs.
About 20km from Angkor Borei is the hill of Phnom Da, crowned by an impressive 11th century Angkorian-era brick and sandstone prasat (tower) displaying some carvings in good condition. This structure was probably an upgrade of an previously existing 7th or 8th century structure. The temple was constructed under King Rudravarman and dedicated to Shiva.
Soooo… that tower at the top, “displaying some carvings in good condition,” … that’s it. Here’s the other side, to show you nothing’s hidden:
… and, well, you’re pretty much done other than to take a look around at the panorama of the rice fields stretching off to Vietnam.
Soooo … while it’s a very nice tower and all, pretty much any other archaeological site in Cambodia is more interesting; might as well stop for a look if you’re heading between Phnom Penh and the southern coast’s beaches, but otherwise this is one for only the true history aficionados, we’d say.
Keep your eye on this space though, we’ve got all those other sites mentioned above coming up shortly!