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Spotted! God In the Water at The River of a Thousand Lingas

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On our third day in Siem Reap the driver insisted on taking us to the mountain. Never heard anything attractive about it before, I was half minded, but decided to go anyway. As usual, I am glad I did. He took us to several places that day, including temples and waterfalls. The most interesting part though, was the river. He stopped the car in an empty field, made us walk through the bushes and showed us Kbal Spean river. I was awestruck by it. These were stone carvings in the river bed! How did they do it centuries ago?!! It was simply amazing.

Kbal Spean Siem Reap

The site was protected by a small rope on both sides so we couldn’t step into it, which I’d very much like to do so. Those were neatly carved Hindu God, Shiva, lingams. And that’s why the river is known as The River of a Thousand Lingas. Cool!

Kbal Spean Siem Reap

^^ Above part of the river had a more complicated carving, if I am not wrong, it was Lord Vishnu lying on a serpent, but due to the muddiness of the water the picture taken wasn’t clear. Unlike the one below which clearly showed the carving of Parvathi and Shiva, the wife and the husband. Wow, what details! It became the highlight of my trip, besides posing like Angeline Jolie in Angkor Wat.

Kbal Spean Siem Reap Stone Carving

At some of the shallow parts you see the carving came to live, 3D effect people. If it was up to me, I could spend my whole day here, studying these and touching it of course. OMG, even thinking about it gives me the rush!

Kbal Spean Siem Reap Stone Carving

When I was busy admiring these carvings, somebody called me. There was a cutie pie standing in the middle of the river, making a hand gesture at me to take her picture. Awww.. look at her smile, you guys! She is an ANTP material.

Kbal Spean Siem Reap Stone Carving

This post was sleeping in my draft folder since last June and now that I am clearing it, do anticipate random posts from past travels. When you travel to Siem Reap, please add Kulein mountain on your itinerary and get ready to be amazed. Have you ever been to an archaeological site before? Does it excites you?

Link up: Travel Tuesday.

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  • I would So add that to my travel list! Very cool. Did you have to hike up there?

    • Foreign Geek

      Hi Liz! Sorry for super late reply. No we didn’t. We rode in a rented car and walked for about 10 minutes.

  • you know, i’ve been to Phnom (‘mountain’ in khmer) Kulein but i have never seen those river beds!! i think i saw it featured in a documentary and i was wondering, where is that place??! so you’re so lucky to have visited it. indeed, the khmers during the angkor period were geniuses.. how on earth did they carve that into a river bed without washing it away? i read that they had a very advanced water/irrigation system back then so they must have damned the waters up somehow.

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