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KBAL SPEAN + BANTEAY SREI
Duration: ONE DAY
The linga-cult was a sect of Hinduism centered on the god Shiva, who was worshipped in the form of a linga (i.e. a phallic symbol). Most of the Hindu temples at Angkor housed stone lingas, which were cared for and worshiped. Water that passed over lingas became sacred, even magical. There is an interesting application of this belief at the ‘rivers of 1000 lingas’ at Phnom Kulen and Kbal Spean where lingas were carved into the riverbed in order to ‘fertilize’ the waters that fed the rice paddies below. In your visit to the temples you will see countless linga stands (carved, square, table-like blocks of stone) but very few lingas as most have been lost to time, stolen, or moved to the Angkor conservatory in Siem Reap and the National Museum in Phnom Penh.
A river of 1000 lingams is at Kbal Spean Mountain. There are several thousands of Lingams carved on the river bed. Entrance to the area closes at 3:00 pm. Combined with a visit to Banteay Srey and allow to visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Bayon. Take the road straight passed Banteay Srey about 12km to get there. Enjoy one hour hiking up to top on foot path sandy and rock throughout the jungle. Some huge Spong Trees intertwine the rock. Enjoy with sound from the birds and wild life animals.
The carving of vestiges began with the reign of King Suryavarman I and ended with the reign of King Udayadityavarman II; these two kings ruled between the 11th and 12th centuries. The 1,000 lingas, but not other sculptures, are attributed to a minister of Suryavarman I during the 11th century, and these were carved by hermits who lived in the area. Inscriptions at the site testify to the fact that most of the sculpting was done during the reign of Udayadityavarman II. It is also mentioned that King Udayadityavarman II consecrated a golden ling here in 1059 AD. It is believed that the Siem Reap River flowing into Angkor is blessed by the sacred lingas over which it flows.
The archaeological site was discovered in 1969 by Jean Boulbet, an ethnologist, but further exploration was cut off due to the Cambodian Civil War. The site regained prominence for safe visits from 1989.
End of Services:
- Angkor Pass: 20 USD per person (pay by your own account)
- Transportation +Tour Guide : 125.00 USD (Max 03 Passengers)
- Mini-van (4-8 pax) + Tour Guide : 145.00 USD
Term & Condition:
- Please advice us the flight detail
- Send us the 30% deposit for secure the reservation via our bank account
- Cancellation with 48 hours before the arrival, otherwise the cancellation or no-show fee will be apply
- Including pick from airport in the package tour
- The tour is also included Cool drinking water and towers.
- Boat Ticket for Floating Village, you pay by your own.
- Tip: it is not included but it depends on your kindness for guide and driver.
Tour Price Exclusive of:
- Accommodation, please Contact Us
- Services and meals not mentioned
- Cambodia visa
- International and additional domestic flights include taxes
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips … and expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel insurance
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