Two Years in the Kingdom of Wonder- Chistor Mountain Temple

October 14, 2017

Hello All, and thanks for following me. Cambodia is flat in and around Takeo Province. And I mean really flat. Rice fields as far as you can see. This makes for easy bike riding. About 10K from where I live there is a ‘mountain’ with a temple at the summit called Phnom Chistor. I have mountain in quotations because it is only 130 m high. It rises seemingly out of nowhere from the rice fields. When you ride into the parking area there are food venders with open shelters for you to eat. The shelters have hammocks or rice pads for sitting. There are over 500 steps built into the side of this mountain as you can see in the picture. At the top is a Buddhist Wat where the monks live but if you continue along the path you come to the ruins. It was built in the 11th century by a Hindu king and from what I can tell much of it still remains. From the summit, I can see far into the distance. I could even see Phnom Penh from where we were standing. Anyone is free to walk among the carved stone ruins and there is even a Buddhist shrine where you can enter and meditate inside this ancient temple.

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