Wat Preah Theat Thmor Da Temple

If you visit Tboung Khmum province then we recommended to see “Wat Preah Theat Thmor Da Temple” is the ancient site situated in Preah Theat Thma Da village, Preah Theat commune, O’Rang Oav district, about 40 kilometers south-east of Kampong Cham province. On National Road 7 from Kampong Cham town, turn right at National Road 11 and continue on to O’Rang Oav district. The area is 8 kilometers down a dirt trail. Wat Preah Theat Thma Da temple is 190 meters long and 60 meters wide. The temple includes Preah Theat temple and a pool that is 180 meters wide and 950 meters long. The water in the pool is very clear. It is called Tonle Sa Ngout. Along the entrance to the temple is another temple called Preah Vihear Preah Chul Nipean. At one time there was a statue of the reclining Buddha reaching nirvana, but the statue was stolen.

This site is inspired by our trip to Cambodia in December of 2007 and particularly by Nara, our Guide. He spent a couple days as our local tour guide and arranged for our vehicle, for a licensed temple tour guide and showed us around Cambodia. Nara has now started his own Cambodia Travel Agency under web page name Taxi in Cambodia – Private Tours. If you are planning to visit Cambodia, let Nara make all the arrangements for you.

There are a number of statues in Wat Preah Theat Thma Da that local people worship. They include statues of Atitep Vero, Kongchak, Hekpous, Srei Krupleak, Tuosmuk and Angkrong Pleung.Behind the temple there is another hall Meru Mena built during French colonial times. At the front door, there is a Meru with a lintel (a horizontal beam that supports the weight of the wall above a door) that is sculpted on sandstone. Much of it has been damaged. Inside Meru, is a sculpture of Haothi Neang Umaparvati, which the Brahmans worshiped. It is believed that if a coconut is dropped into the hole inside Meru, the coconut will appear in the middle of the pond. Meru was built was on the site of an old temple.

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