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Kbal Spean River

UNESCO World Heritage site near Siem Reap

Kbal Spean is the famous river of a 1,000 lingas at Phnom Kulen. These lingas (phallic symbols) were evidently carved into the bedrock of the river so they could ‘fertilize’ the waters flowing to the fields of Angkor. There are also carvings of Buddha and Buddhist images in the rocks that were carved at a later date than the lingas. It is a fairly easy 45-minute walk uphill though the woods to get to the river.

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A trip to Kbal Spean can be combined with a visit to Banteay Srey, which will take a half-day to see both of them. Entrance to the area closes at 15:00.

Kbal Spean

Location: approx. 49km north of Siem Reap
Construction period: 11th - 13th century C.E.
Religion: Hindu and Buddhist
Getting there: Take the road past Banteay Srey for about 12km, and there will be a sign and parking area on the left.

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