Kobal Spien

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This morning we drove out to the distant temples from Angkor. We started out with Kobal Spien, or the river of one thousand lingas. There was a long dirt road (full of pot-holes, water buffalo and kids) out to the forest, and then an hours hike through the forest to reach the river. The river runs over stone which has carved into it images of the Hindu gods Vishnu, Rama, Lakshmi and Hanuman. There are also 1000 lingas (phalluses) carved into the river bed, which serve to make the river holy. Downstream from this is a waterfall, where you can bathe, although Jodie and I only went in up to the knees (our guide had a shower under the waterfall). This is meant to bring good luck, so Jodie might have banished some of her bad luck from yesterday (at Angkor Wat the children outside gave us notes saying they were our friends, and pictures they drew, and when we said we were from Australia they went ‘the capital is Canberra and the population is 19 million’, all, of course, to get us to buy postcards – when we didn’t one cursed Jodie to bad luck forever, the only time that we have had that type of response).

This forest area is still full of landmines from the Pol Pot era, so we were careful to never leave the path.

 

For lunch we had a picnic at Banteay Srei. Banteay Srei was built in 967 by Rajendravarman II and Jayavarman V. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Like all the temples we have seen, it was quite unique. This temple was quite small (~200m by ~100m compared to 1.5km by 1.3km for Angkor Wat), but had an amazing amount of extremely intricate carvings on it.

 

For our final temple ruin, we visited Banteay Samre. Banteay Samre was built in ~1130 by Suryavarman II, and is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu.

The temple was built in a very castle-like style, with imposing walls in a square block, approached by a stone causeway from all four directions. Immediately inside the gateway another set of walls is built, with a ‘moat’ between them, although it was dry and was only designed to be a few inches deep anyway (no crocodiles here), with the passage to the interior being reached by stepping stones. Inside the second set of walls were two libraries and the central sanctuary, again with the shallow moat surrounding them. Also interesting were the columns which had an almost Roman look to them as they stood in row (the teak root having long since rotted away).

 

For our final meal in Siem Reap we went out to the Hawaii No Problems Pizza shop with Leanne.

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