16 August 2017

Life in rural Cambodia


The Tonle Sap river runs through the province of Kampong Thom. During the monsoon season, the river actually changes direction and creates a floodplain, hence houses in the area are built on stilts.


Farm animals will find any piece of grass to chew on. Oftentimes they wander into the streets and cause traffic jams.


Though most commerce in the countryside centers around agriculture, there are a few service businesses. Apparently lost keys is a universal problem! For more signs, take a look at Signs, Signs. Photos taken in December 2016.

15 August 2017

To market!


A stroll through the local market at Kompong Thom is a must. It is so interesting to see all of the local specialties (though I'm not sure I want to try them all!).


This woman had dried fish on offer, which are used to flavor almost every Cambodian dish. 


Certainly the display techniques take some getting used to! At least you know everything is fresh. Photos taken in December 2016.


14 August 2017

Buddhas, Buddhas and more Buddhas!


The town of Kompong Thom is well-known for it's Buddha sculptures. People come here from all over Cambodia to purchase their very own Buddha. Temples also make commissions for statuary.


A trip through the village is definitely worthwhile as you'll see Buddhas of all shapes and sizes and in different stages of completion.


If you're lucky, you might even get to see a sculptor at work! Photos taken in December 2016.

11 August 2017

Blue skies above


Everything looks better under a blue sky. This lovely building atop Phnom Santuk is no exception! It's Friday and you'll find more skies at Skywatch. Photo taken in December 2016.

10 August 2017

Sacred Buddhas


Phnom Santuk is considered a holy site of pilgrimage for Cambodian Buddhists. There are several images of Buddha carved directly into the mountain stone. This one shows Buddha in a meditative pose.


Here's a walking Buddha - though he is on a much smaller scale. You can see the most important reclining Buddha here (I didn't get a photo of my own).


And just for fun, here are some monkeys looking for food on one of the offering stands. Photos taken in December 2016.

09 August 2017

Arches


There were lots of decorative arches and entryways at the new temple area atop Phnom Santuk


They were all painted with bright colors.


And they certainly made me feel welcome! More signs can be found at Signs, Signs. Photos taken in December 2016.

08 August 2017

Monkeying around


This is the newer section of Phnom Santuk. This temple was beautifully painted and decorated, both on the inside and out (this is where I found yesterday's murals). 


I caught one of the resident monkeys having a bit of fun atop the temple's guardian statues. Photos taken in December 2916.

07 August 2017

Buddist murals


Buddhist temples almost always have some kind of murals showing the different phases of the life of the Buddha. This room was in the new temple atop Phnom Santuk in Kompong Thom, Cambodia. It's a very colorful room, and I especially like the way the sculpted tree is integrated into the works. More murals can be found at Monday Mural. Photo taken in December 2016.

04 August 2017

Reflecting pool


Buddha likes to reflect. More reflections can be found at Weekend Reflections. Photo taken in December 2016.

03 August 2017

Man with horse


I'm sure there is some significance to this scene as people had left offerings in front of the statues. Perhaps they are protectors of those who travel? Photo taken in December 2016.

02 August 2017

Friendly face


There were lots of friendly faces at Phnom Santuk. Some were bare like the guys who lined the walkway, while others were painted like this warrior. Photo taken in December 2016.

01 August 2017

Colorful details


There was so much to see atop Phnom Santuk. Temples in different styles, statues old and new, Buddhas without end... Photo taken in December 2016.

31 July 2017

A visit to Phnom Santuk


Phnom Santuk is a holy site situated halfway between Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat. It's just outside the village of Kompong Thom where we spent one night before heading to Angkor Wat.


To reach the vista at Phnom Santuk, you must climb the 809 step stone stairway.


These friendly faces will keep you motivated. They line the stairway on each side, every step of the way. At the top of the mountain, you'll find several temples of varying styles and age. Check back this week for more. Photos taken in December 2016.

28 July 2017

Details


Elephants are a recurring motif throughout Southeast Asia. I really like this one on the fences of the royal palace in Phnom Pench. More fences can be found at Friday Fences. Photo taken in December 2016.

27 July 2017

Transport in the big city


Everywhere we went in Southeast Asia, people found creative ways to get around. I'm not sure about the safety of this setup, but it got the job done! Photo taken in December 2016.
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