Archive for Chenla

Phnom Bayang / Cambodia

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Sights with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2014 by Thim Kwai

Widely unknown is this little sight at the Cambodian/Vietnamese border at Phnom Dien/Tinh Bien. The five monuments on top of Phnom Bayang mountain consist of a main hindu temple from the early 7th century and four side temples. It’s said they were built as a victory memorial of the empire of water Chenla over the empire of Funan. There is no touristic infrastructure at the sight and very few visitors make their way up to the mountain. It’s rather an attraction for archeologists, historians and some who want to leave the beaten paths.

Pay a visit to the whole article on ‘Phnom Bayang‘…

Phnom Bayang by Asienreisender

Phnom Bayang main temple. Image by Asienreisender, 11/2014

Know…

This is only a part of the richly illustrated article ‘Phnom Bayang’. Read here the whole article on Phnom Bayang.

Asienreisender is completely non-commercial. You’ll find no adds on the website and it’s not following any other purpose than reporting independently.

SPAM

This blog receives tons of spam for every article published. If you want to write a comment on the subject you are highly welcome. Mere commercial advertisement are however treated as spam and deleted. Don’t waste your and my time – it’s useless to try to get backlinks on this blog.

Keep yourself up-to-date

Check the list of recently published articles on a great variety of Southeast Asian themes. All of them are richly illustrated: Asienreisender

Angkor Borei and Phnom Da

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Sights with tags , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2013 by Thim Kwai

Nowadays a meaningless village close to the Vietnamese border, Angkor Borei was once among the first urban centers of Southeast Asia. Situated in the Mekong River delta, some suppose that Angkor Borei was the capital of Funan, Southeast Asia’s oldest civilization. Other historians rather think that Funan’s capital was situated at another ancient town, Vyadhapura, not far away down in the Mekong delta (of unknown exact location), but behind the closeby border to Vietnam. Another possible candidate for Funan’s capital was Oc Eo, also closeby in Vietnam. Might be that the capital changed over the time; might also be there was no capital of this civilization. The discussion about the site of the capital has an ideological implication; if the ancient Khmer had their center or origin in nowadays Cambodia or in nowadays south Vietnam.

Phom Da

Phnom Da is a twin hill, with two temple sites, three kilometers away from Angkor Borei. The bigger temple, a towerlike construction from the 7th century (according to other sources 6th century), is the main attraction. One has to walk up a stairway to reach the top of one of the hills, where it is placed. The building was, according to a Cambodian guide from Phnom Penh, originally built in brick. Later, in Angkorean times (10th / 11th century) it was overbuilt and extended. The used building material for the extension was laterite. The brick core is still to see from inside at the top. The roof of the building has been collapsed and is now open. The entrance door is facing to the north. As I heared it was the target for an American air raid in the Vietnam War.

Inside the building there is only one big room with the remains of a shrine in the middle of it. The floor is just a clay ground, the walls naked stone…

Know…

This is only a part of the richly illustrated article ‘Angkor Borei and Phnom DA’. Read here the whole article on Angkor Borei and Phnom Da.

Keep yourself up-to-date

Check the list of recently published articles on a great variety of Southeast Asian themes. All of them are richly illustrated: Asienreisender