|Located in Takeo province, south of
Phnom Penh. See the
Nearby Phnom Penh Map.
Angkor Borei is a town in Takeo province in the
area of several ruins and archaeological digs. The area has been
continuously inhabited for at least 2500 years and has yielded artifacts
dating from the Neolithic period, the Funan period (4th/5th century AD)
and Chenla (8th century AD) as well as the later Angkorian period
(9th-15th century AD.) There are no significant temple ruins at
Angkor Borei but there is a very interesting little museum
displaying artifacts from the area and providing information on recent
About 20km from Angkor Borei is the hill of
Phnom Da, crowned by an impressive 11th century Angkorian-era brick
and sandstone prasat
(tower) displaying some carvings in good condition. This structure was
probably an upgrade of an previously existing 7th or 8th century
structure. The temple was constructed
under King Rudravarman and dedicated to Shiva.
Further down the hill is
the unique little temple ruin Ashram Maha Rosei, quite unlike
other Khmer monuments in both design and adornment. The unique design is
reminiscent of Prasat Ashram Isay in the Sambor Prey Kuk
group in Kampong Thom. Ashram Maha Rosei was constructed of
basalt stone and built in the
late 7th-early 8th century (perhaps earlier), during the pre-Angkorian Chenla period,
under Bahavavarman. The design and adornments shows signs of non-Khmer influence.
In the 5th Edition of her Angkor guidebook, Dawn Rooney suggests
that the architecture of the Ashram is "derived from the temples on the
Dieng Plateu in Java and from those in southern India fused with Khmer
Getting there: During the dry season, Phnom Da can be reached by
road or boat. In the wet season, it can only be reached by boat.
road from Phnom Penh: Take the Takeo City bound bus to the
Phnom Chisor turnoff (52km
from Phnom Penh.) The
Phnom Chisor turnoff is well
marked. Take a
motodup or taxi to Phnom Chisor
and then on to Phnom Da. Two hours on a rough road.
By boat, take
the bus from Phnom Penh to Takeo City. At the rivers edge in Takeo City,
pick up a boat to Angkor Borei and
Phnom Da. The boat will first travel to Angkor Borei and stop
to allow you to visit the museum, and then continue on to Phnom Da.
During the wet season the boat can take you right to the base of Phnom
Da but in the dry season the boat will stop well short of the hill and
will have to hike a ways. $25 r/t for the whole boat.