Damrey Sor Pagoda, Battambang

Damrey Sor Pagoda also known as the White Elephant Pagoda or Wat Tahm –rai-saw in Khmer is located within the provincial city of Battambang in Cambodia. It is one of the most famous Battambang attractions for tourists who visit to have a look at the elaborate, unique architecture of this Buddhist pagoda consisting of intricate carvings sculptures. It is also quite popular among the local Khmers who arrive here in large numbers during the New Year festivities for the carnival.

Damrey Sor Pagoda also known as the White Elephant Pagoda or Wat Tahm –rai-saw in Khmer is located within the provincial city of Battambang in Cambodia. It is one of the most famous Battambang attractions for tourists who visit to have a look at the elaborate, unique architecture of this Buddhist pagoda consisting of intricate carvings sculptures. It is also quite popular among the local Khmers who arrive here in large numbers during the New Year festivities for the carnival.

Damrey Sor Pagoda History & Architecture 

Damrey Sor Pagoda was built in the 19th century and hence is a new addition compared to the other temples in Battambang, which belong to the Angkor era. Although it is a Buddhist pagoda, the temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, with the central sanctuary consisting of the linga.

Architecture

But the unique architectural characteristic of Damrey or Pagoda are life-size sculptures of white elephants carrying portraits of Lord Buddha. The outer walls and the inner halls have intricate carvings depicting scenes from Buddhism. There are also two small libraries within the temple premises, along with a tall temple tower, which is believed to have been from the earlier period belonging to another temple in the area.

New Year Celebrations

During the New Year festival here, the adjoining streets and the temple areas are decorated colourfully. Thousands of people gather to pray and participate in throwing coloured water at each other, which is a unique ritual thought to bring good luck and prosperity during the year ahead.

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