Kbal Spean - carving of 1,000 linga

Trip Start Dec 19, 2012
Trip End Jan 13, 2013

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Flag of Cambodia  , Khétt Siĕm Réab,
Friday, December 21, 2012

It was a 1.5 km winding walk UP and then a 2 km walk back DOWN … It only took 45 mins each way up a rocky path to see these rock carvings. Glad for my shoes as it was a rough track.

It turned into a bit of a photo study of the how to stop or capture a water fall droplets using a slow shutter speed without a tripod and the diverse fauna ... Just loved the way the vines wound their way round what ever it come into contact with.

A very holy place which Mr Wikipedia will expand on so enjoy these images.

Kbal Spean is an Angkorian era archaeological site on the southwest slopes of the Kulen Hills 43 Ks northeast of Angkor. It is situated along a 50 metres / 160 ft stretch of the Stung Kbal Spean River.

The site consists of a series of stone carvings in sandstone formations carved in the river bed and banks. It is commonly known as the "Valley of a 1000 Lingas" or "The River of a Thousand Lingas". The motifs for stone carvings are mainly myriads of lingams (phallic symbol of Hindu god Shiva), depicted as neatly arranged bumps that cover the surface of a sandstone bed rock, and lingam-yoni designs. There are also various Hindu mythological motifs, including depictions of the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi, Rama, and Hanuman, as well as animals (cows and frogs). Mr Wikipedia.

Back into the welcome relief of the air con car for the drive back and lunch at Ankor Flower Restaurant – dried yellow noodle with chicken US$5.50 + a lime juice for US$2. Thank goodness the restaurant was also air conditioned.

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