Slightly north of Phnom Penh a small mountain rises from the flat countryside with an outstanding collection of temples and pagodas, offering a beautiful view of the surroundings while breathing some truly fresh air. As a bonus, Oudong is less than one hour drive from the capital.
The view from the top of the mountain.
Sometimes written in English as Udong or Odong, this peaceful village is between 35 and 40 kms from Phnom Penh. Once it was the capital of the kingdom, from the beginning of the 17th century to 1866, and now is part of Kampong Speu province. To come here you can take any bus that follows the road to Battambang (for instance the one to Kampong Chhnang) and ask the driver to be dropped off in Oudong. On the main road you will see a large gate where you will have to turn left. No worries, many moto-taxis will certainly be there waiting for you!
The gate to turn left on the main road.
Following this road, you will reach the foothill of the Phnom Udong mountain, where the complex of temples is. To see what are the main things to visit, check the tourist information map at the entrance of the new main stupa, near all the restaurants and parking spaces.
The main stupa is built according to traditional Cambodian decorative motives (called kbach in Khmer) and houses many statues of Buddha inside. You can start here by climbing the 500 steps to the top to admire the stupa itself and the view of the surroundings the fresh breeze.
The new main stupa with its very kbach style of decorations.
When you come down again, take some time to stroll in the food stalls nearby. Here you can try different Khmer snacks such as grilled frogs, dry baby frogs or a sort of pickles made out of gigantic ants. Weird but delicious!
Around these hills you can also find the huge and gorgeous Wat Prasat Nokor Vimean Sour (which also houses a vipassana meditation center), the former Royal palace Veing Chase, a mausoleum with a tiny bone of Buddha, various stupas with remaining of previous kings such as Chedi Damrei Sam Poan, a handicraft village and the Arthaross temple (or what remains after the Khmer Rouge). Keep exploring to visit many more pagodas! Don’t miss the Chedi Trai Trang, with traditional four Cambodian faces on top. It really resembles the famous Bayon temple in Siem Reap.
The beautiful Wat Prasat Nokor Vimean Sour.
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