Wat Ek Phnom

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Wat Ek Phnom information

Battambang , Cambodia
admission US$3 (combined ticket)
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Hidden behind a colourful modern pagoda and a gargantuan Buddha statue is this atmospheric, partly collapsed 11th-century temple. Wat Ek Phnom measures 52m by 49m and is surrounded by the remains of a laterite wall and an ancient baray (reservoir). A lintel showing the Churning of the Ocean of Milk can be seen above the east entrance to the central temple, whose upper flanks hold some fine bas-reliefs.

This is a very popular picnic destination for Khmers, especially at festival times, and a pilgrimage destination for women hoping to conceive.