Religious, Spiritual sights in Pailin
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At the base of the hill Phnom Yat, an impressive gate from 1968 leads to Wat Khaong Kang, an important centre for Buddhist teaching before the Khmer Rouge madness.
The southern gateway to Pailin is marked by a tree-covered hillock, Phnom Yat. From NH57, stairs lead through a garish gate - the naga are bubblegum pink, spearmint green and sunflower yellow - up to the equally psychedelic Wat Phnom Yat. The temple is centred on an ancient po tree and a life-sized cement tableau showing butt-naked sinners (about the only nudity you'll see in Cambodia) being heaved into a cauldron, de-tongued (for liars) and forced to climb a spiny tree (for adulterers).
Medieval European triptychs never made hell seem so uninviting! Nearby, the repentant pray for forgiveness, a highly pertinent message given who lives around here. There are clear views…