Feb 12 2012
Cambodia is best known for Angkor Wat, the vast temple built in the first half of the 12th century by King Suryavarman II to honor the Hindu goddess Vishnu (and, more than incidentally, himself too.) Angkor Wat, though, is by no means the only temple dating back to the days of the Angkor empire. Nearly a hundred other temples dot the landscape around Angkor, and many others are to be found in other parts of Cambodia.
Phnom Chiso is one of these temples, located atop a hill in Takeo Province, about 60 km south of Phnom Penh. This temple is older the Angkor Wat; it was built in the 11th century. Though damaged by American bombing during the war in Southeast Asia in the 1970s, much of the temple still stands.
You can see some of the remains of the temple in this short video I made in December 2011. In the opening segment, I try to give an idea of the landscape around the temple; a landscape very typical of much of southern and central Cambodia. It is flat, and sugar palms dot the landscape, surrounded by rice paddies (most of them recently harvested when the video was taken.)
(I have posted more of my videos from Cambodia – and elsewhere – on my YouTube channel.)