A temple in Cambodia: Phnom Chiso

February 12, 2012
The view from Phnom Chiso

The view from Phnom Chiso

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.)



4 Responses to A temple in Cambodia: Phnom Chiso

  1. Karla C on July 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I read that Angkor Wat is the largest Khmer temple complex in the world.
    I find it interesting that it shifted from being a Hindu temple to Theravada Buddhist. I’d like to visit this place one day!

  2. Jane on February 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Love the music. What is it and where do I find more?

  3. Donald Rallis on February 17, 2013 at 4:33 am

    The music on the video comes from a CD of Khmer Wedding Music I bought from a musical group playing on the side of a path near one of the temples at Angkor in Cambodia. They are landmine victims, several of them amputees, and as I recall they go by the name ‘Victims of Land Mines.’ I am traveling at the moment and I don’t have the CD with me, so unfortunately I can’t give you more information that this for now (I think they are the group in this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIzyDGerpv4 There is some discussion on YouTube about the CD, so you might find some information there.)

  4. i like it on May 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    i love Cambodia temple and very much.

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