Wat Ek Phnom, Battambang

Battambang might be famous for its signature dishes like MiKoLa, it is also known for having a number of iconic temples and pagodas. In fact, it probably has the most number of pagodas within a province. One of these is Wat Ek Phnom.

Wat Ek Phnom

Wat Ek Phnom a temple that is located just at the left side of Sangkae River. It is by Prek Daun Taev, and lies at the northwest of Peam Aek. The temple is Hindu, and was built sometime during the 11th century.

The temple was built during the rule of Suryavarman I, who as then the king. Currently, it looks like a regular angkorian temple ruin, but it was once famous for its carvings that were quite remarkable.

The temple site

A trip to Wat Ek Phnom shows a huge stone Buddha statue. This leads to the more modern pagoda Ek Phnom, which is surrounded by 18 Bodhi trees. It is now a very popular place for Khmers during special days, where they can celebrate and have picnics.

Huge white-stone Buddha statue at Wat Ek Phnom.

The modern pagoda then paves the way to the ruins of the ancient one, which is located at the back.

modern wat ek phnom temple
modern Wat Ek Phnom

The ancient temple, on the other hand, was built by blocks of sandstone and is enclosed by a laterite outerwall.

Outer walls of the ancient ruins.

When to visit

During events such as Khmer New Year or other festivities, Wat Ek Phnom becomes a fun place to visit. Although it may be located a bit far from the heart of Battambang, it is still worth the visit as it is one lively scene to check out.

How to get there

From the center of Battambang, you can either hop on a tuktuk and go to the pagoda, or perhaps ride a moto. It is also a good idea to rent a ride, or borrow a ride from friends if you have some who live nearby.

Location

Below is the location of the pagoda on the map.

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