Kompong Cham, Cambodia
Wat Nakor Kompong Cham Reviews
Mahayana Buddhism meets Hinduism: a temple in a temple Oct 29, 2005
This is an interesting stop if you are travelling towards Siem Reap and Angkor and pass through Kompong Cham (don't make a large detour for it though). If you have already been to Angkor this will not make much of an impression. If you haven't, this is a nice tension builder. Below you'll find part of my travel journal.
Wat Nakor, is an old temple just outside Kompong Cham.
Quite a remarkable site because an old 11 century Mahayana/Hinduism temple had been incorporated in a newer Therevada temple, resulting in a weird combination of symbolism. It's interesting that a Mahayana temple ended up here anyway since it normally is not the Buddhist leaning you come across in this part of Asia. The old sandstone walls and shrines, reminding me of Prasat Hin Phimai in Thailand, were still standing, but in the middle a new Viharna temple hall had been constructed with paintings depicting the Buddha's live on walls and ceiling.
Part of the Cambodia 2005 travel blog
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