Wat Ek Phnom.

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Wat Ek Phnom

Northwestern Cambodia

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 eastern entrance to the central temple, whose upper flanks hold some fine bas-reliefs. It's about 10km north of central Battambang.

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

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