Phnom Krom Temple

Attraction Chong Khneas at Tonle Sap / South of Siem Reap Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
04:30 PM
05:30 PM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Nature
Architecture
Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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Phnom Krom is a beautiful hilltop temple where visitors can see the original structure of Khmer art and get the fantastic view of Siem Reap.

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Why Phnom Krom Temple is special ?

Phnom Krom temple was built by king Yasovarman I (889-915) or members of the nobility in the late 9th, early 10th centuries. The temple stands atop a natural hill rising 140 meters above the surrounding plain, providing a stunning view of nearby Tonle Sap lake and vicinity. Unfortunately, a consequence of this is that the powerful winds blowing across the Tonle Sap have badly eroded the structures, making the stones appear to have 'melted'.


The temple comprises three central towers dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma. In front of these are four 'libraries', the inner pair made of stone and the outer two made of brick. Around these and the central towers are ten galleries which frame the ensemble. A wall measuring 50 x 50m surrounds the entire complex. It is built so close to the galleries that less than a meter separates them. At present, the wall and galleries are mostly in ruins, whereas all of the libraries and the central towers remain more-or-less intact (though heavily weathered).


Source: http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/

What to explore at Phnom Krom Temple?

The upper portions of the towers have collapsed and the facades are very degraded but otherwise they remain intact. The towers are enclosed by a literate wall intersected on each side by an entry tower in the shape of a cross.

Three long halls built of laterite (only the bases of which remain) parallel the wall around the courtyard. They probably served as rest houses. Four small building inside the courtyard preceded the sanctuaries. They are similar except that the two at either end are brick and the two in the middle are sandstone. All four have a series of holes in the walls, which suggests they may have been used as crematoriums.

The three central towers stand on a north south axis on a low rectangular platform with molding constructed of sandstone paving over a laterite base. Two sides of the base are intercepted by three stairways with lions on the landings. The towers are square and originally had four recessed tiers on the upper portion. they open to the east and west with false doors on the north south. Traces of decoration remain around the base of the platform near the stairs, on the pilasters, the panels of the false doors, the cornices and on niches in the corners. The upper terrace affords a panoramic view of the Great Lake and the surrounding plain.

Source: http://www.tourismcambodia.com/

How to get to Phnom Krom Temple?

Phnom Krom is located 12 km southwest of Siem Reap, close to the Chong Khneas Port and the Tonle Sap Lake.

To get here, just follow Sivutha Street south out of Siem Reap. The road follows the river for much of the way and road is in good shape for most of the short journey. You will arrive at the base of the hill after just fifteen minutes and there is an archway and stairway that you take up about halfway, which leads to the spot near the big gun. From there you follow a small road to the temple area. You can actually ride all the way up by going past the stairway, beyond the house and tree area, where you will see a long out-building off on the right side. Follow the small road that runs along side of the building and stay on this winding road to the temple area.

Selling points

  • Worthwhile place to enjoy the view of countryside
  • Different, quiet and magnificent
  • Spectacular sunset views
  • Great place for hiking and exploring Siem Reap
  • Amazing ancient ruins, amazing history
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
25 places

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Chong Khneas at Tonle Sap / South of Siem Reap

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Tips for you

  • There are drink and food stands at the base of the stairway to re-hydrate after the trip.
    Shopping
  • You should bring along mosquito repellent.
    What to bring
  • Depending on season, on the right hand side there will be fields of lotus flowers which are picture worthy
    Photography
  • You should go with a tour guide to get the best of your visit
    Experience
  • If you are travelling on a packaged tour, then your itinerary is pretty much decided, and Phnom Krom might not be included
    Experience
  • When visiting Phnom Krom, you should be prepared for a little hiking
    Experience
  • You should beware dodgy monks trying to scam money from you for daring to look at their sunset
    Experience
  • Best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon before sunset.
    Timming
  • Since Phnom Krom is located outside the main Angkor area, it should be toured in conjunction with Tonle Sap Lake.
    Things nearby
  • You should make sure to stop by the Lotus Farm on the tuk tuk ride down to Phnom Krom
    Things nearby
  • if you are travelling independently, then the best option is to hire a tuk tuk
    Transportation
  • Cars and buses can’t fit on the track
    Transportation
  • Entrance fee is included in the Angkor Temple Pass.
    Ticket and Pricing

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The first time I visited Prasat Phnom Krom was late one afternoon and whilst the temple was worth looking at I went back many a time just to go up the "mountain" and admire the view.( This place is included in the price of your Angkor Wat ticket) You get a really good view of the lake and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to go right up the top if you don't have a ticket, however, the view from halfway up is just as good. If you're feeling energetic hire a bicycle in town and ride to Phnom Krom. It is worth it. At the foot of the mountain is a small market where you can buy food and drinks. There is quite a good road which will take you up to the top. I walked it and left my bike at the bottom.

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トンレサップ湖の代わりに行く人がいると聞きましたが、トンレサップ湖も行きました。遠くからみたほうが綺麗なのは事実ですが、トンレサップ湖に浮かんでみるのも良かったです。水牛が暑さしのぎをしていたり、それはそれで良かったです。

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Очень понравилось это место - народу никого, кроме нас. Тихо, спокойно, можно помедитировать. Ездили на тук-туке, совмещая с поездкой на озеро Тонле Сап. Отдельно смысла ехать нет. Рекомендую

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The first time I visited Prasat Phnom Krom was late one afternoon and whilst the temple was worth looking at I went back many a time just to go up the "mountain" and admire the view.( This place is included in the price of your Angkor Wat ticket) You get a really good view of the lake and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to go right up the top if you don't have a ticket, however, the view from halfway up is just as good. If you're feeling energetic hire a bicycle in town and ride to Phnom Krom. It is worth it. At the foot of the mountain is a small market where you can buy food and drinks. There is quite a good road which will take you up to the top. I walked it and left my bike at the bottom.

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