- Rosalia de Castro
Phnom Krom is a temple built upon a mountain, and the name refers to both the combination of a rocky hill with a temple at the summit, to reach which you need an hour involving climbing at some points. Like the Roluos group of Angkor temples, the temple was built under Yasovarman I, and the principal feature of the the temple is its 3 towers facing from North to South, similar to Phnom Bok, which are dedicated to the 3 most important of the Nindu deities - Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. However there is no inscription whatsoever to be found on the temple and little else is known about its history. The state of the temple is very collapsed. Within the rest of the encloasure in which the towers are located are other interesting features. There are many halls and galleries, long or square, in vary varying condition, but which can still be explored. Staircases are guarded by lions, and birds and lotus petals decorate Brahmas pedestal. And the views from the temple are exquisite - look out over Tonle Sap Lake and the West Baray.
To reach Phnom Krom, take the road from Siem Reap toward Tonle Sap lake for 9.5km (20 minutes by Tuk Tuk, 10-15 minutes by car), and then when you reach the hill there is another 140km to ascend to reach the temple itself. An expert local tour guide from Siem Reap will ensure you get the very best from your visit and the journey between Siem Reap and the site.
"Take the physical challenge and venture up to the top of Phnom Krom to enjoy the wonderful setting of this mountain top temple. The temple views offered from the summit are stunning, so simply watch over Tonle Sap at sunset, as Shiva,Vishnu and Brahma watch over you..."
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