Battambang Provincial Museum

Battambang Provincial Museum is a museum located in Kamkor village in the provincial town of Battambang in western Cambodia. Built recently, it is a small museum housing a collection of statues, artwork and more ranging from pre-Angkor period to post Khmer era recovered from Battambang and around. It is worth a short visit on your trip to Battambang town

The museum was built in 1963 to collect and preserve the Angkorian and post Khmer empire ruins that were discovered in Battambang and surrounding towns including bas-reliefs, statues, paintings, pottery and even musical instruments.

Among the prominent statue is that of a 13th-century Bodhisattva, which comprises of more than a thousand small faces of Buddha sculpted on it.

Another impressive statue is that of Yama, the Hindu Lord of Death, riding a buffalo. There are many intricately carved Angkorian lintels depicting mythological events and social life of the Khmer period recovered from nearby temples of Prasat Banan and Sneng. 

Apart from the ancient record, there is a section dedicated to the Khmer Rouge, depicting the effect on human lives during that period. Various atrocities including slave camps, torture methods and the stories of the mass slaughter of the locals are displayed, which reminds of Cambodia's dark period. The signs within the museum are in Khmer, English and French. No photography is allowed inside.

The museum is located in the city centre of Battambang and can be easily reached by walk in 10 to 15 minutes. If you are staying far, you can take a Tuk-Tuk to reach costing about 3 USD for a return trip or a motorbike that you can rent for about 6 to 8 USD per day

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