Wat Ek Phnom
Wat Ek Phnom is an impressive Angkorian temple in the town of Battambang in northwestern Cambodia. The temple is a very famous picnic and pilgrimage destination for local Khmers at festival times. Mostly in ruins, visitors have to walk through large blocks of stone in the temple premises, which feels like traveling back in time, making it a popular attraction in Battambang. Visit this temple ruin for its well-carved pediments and lintels.
Wat Ek Phnom was built during the Bayon period in the 11th century under the reign of King Suryavarman I. It was initially a Hindu temple, and later on, was turned into a Buddhist shrine after succeeding Buddhist kings undertook the construction of Buddhism related sculptures.
Wat Ek Phnom is built of sandstone blocks. The sanatorium is surrounded by a laterite outer wall and a Baray, which consists of Prasats or small shrines. These shrines stand on a large square stone platform. Most of these sculptures in the temple premises are in ruins, with the only remaining structure being the main towers of the temple. There is a lintel depicting the churning of the Ocean of Milk above the eastern entrance. The upper flanks of the central tower contain some intricately carved bas-reliefs.
Next to the temple area is Sangkae pond beside which is a colourful modern pagoda. The pagoda contains a giant 28 meters high Buddha statue, which is surrounded by 18 Bodhi trees, also called as Peacock trees in Khmer.
The entry ticket costs 2 USD which gives access to three sites of Wat Ek Phnom, Phnom Sampeau and Phnom Banan. Tickets are sold in all these sites.