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Perched on top of Phnom Krom Hill in Siem Reap, a district of Cambodia, Phnom Kraom offers a perfect blend of architecture, history, and scenic views. The temple was built in the 9th Century and provides a tranquil environment and a stunning view from the top. Despite its weathered charm, the temple remains a top tourist attraction, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its historical significance and tranquil surroundings. The temple has 3 towers dedicated to the Hindu Gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the historical Phnom Kraom Temple and enjoy the breathtaking Phnom Krom Sunset.

Phnom Kraom History

Stunning view from Phnom Kraom.

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In the late 9th Century, when King Yasovarman I ruled Siem Reap, the construction of ashrams was widespread. During his first year as a King of Siem Reap, he built around 100 monasteries or ashrams, which functioned as resting places for people to practice ascetics and the King during his trips. It was believed that the king’s success depended on constructing these ashrams, which would later serve as burial chambers. As the Old capital Hariharlaya was crowded with hundreds of ashrams, Yasovarman decided to build the Phnom Kraom temple on the top of Phnom Krom hills.

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Phnom Kraom Architecture

a beautiful architecture of the Temple.

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Nestled on the top of majestic Phnom Krom hills, Phnom Krom is known for its historical and architectural brilliance. The temple is enclosed with laterite rocks. As you climb up the stairs of the temple you will discover the three shrines facing the north-south direction are dedicated to 3 Hindu Gods starting from the north tower (Vishnu); Central (Brahma) and the south tower (Shiva). The bricks of the Hindu Temple were built with sandstones. Most of the intricate carvings have eroded with time due to the change in climatic conditions. Altogether visiting the Phnom Kraom Temple will take you back in time.

Phnom Kraom: Nearby Attractions

Cambodian city Siem Reap is famous for its vibrant nightlife and various historical attractions, such as pristine temples, museums, serene lakes, and verdant valleys. Explore these additional places to experience a more spiritual and captivating trip to Siem Reap.

1. War Museum Cambodia

Partially damaged T-54 battle tank on display at War Museum Cambodia located near Phnom Kraom.

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Located in the middle of Siem Reap City and International Airport. The War Museum in Cambodia gives you a glimpse of the Civil War that lasted from 1967-1975. You can explore various military-grade weapons on display such as assault rifles, landmines, claymores, and anti-personnel mines. The museum started to collect military weapons at the start of 1999. The Russian war tanks used during the war, such as the T-54 and T-55, and the fighter aircraft, such as the MiG-19 and Mi-8 helicopter, are on display at the Garden of the War Museum. The War Veterans present at the Museum will guide you throughout your visit.

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2. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a famous tourist attraction in Cambodia.

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Built during the 12th Century by King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire. The Angkor Wat Temple is the most renowned in Cambodia because of the architectural brilliance of the architects of the Khmer Empire. Previously the temple was dedicated to lord Vishnu, but later transformed to a Buddhist site. You will witness the efficient systems of artificial canals, dikes, and reservoirs for which the temple is mostly recognized. Besides its stunning architecture and most distinguished drainage system, the Temple has a spacious courtyard where you can sit and relax. This is a perfect spot for a History enthusiast.

3. Siem Reap River

Majestic view of Siem Reap River at night, a must-see place near Phnom Kraom.

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Located in North-West Cambodia, the Siem Reap River is part of the Mekong River. If you want to explore something beyond the historical temples, Siem Reap River is the perfect spot. The banks of the Siem Reap River are home to many different communities. The best way to explore the Siem Reap River is to book a boat tour that will traverse some picturesque landscapes enriched in Flora and Fauna. The Boat tour will take you through Tonle Sap, a UNESCO heritage site famous for being the home to endangered species. A sunset tour is a must for people seeking tranquillity.

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4. Cambodian Cultural Village

Miniature huts in Cambodian Cultural Village, a must-explore destination near Phnom Kraom.

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The Village is also known as “Pocket Cambodia” as it is the only cultural-themed village in Siem Reap that represents the cultural heritage of Cambodia. You would be able to witness the conservative Khmer life as the cultural-themed park has a transfigured village with various ethnic groups. The park also has wax museums that display some historical scenes in Cambodia. Besides the miniature village and museum, the park has majestic stone mountains, picturesque waterfalls, and caves. You can discover Cambodia’s famous mountain dance and be amused by the melodic songs. You can also participate in the Cambodian Traditional Ceremonies as well.

5. Terrace Of Elephants

a statue of elephants at the Terrace of Elephants.

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Located just 68 kilometres North-East of Siem Reap, it is recognized as one of the most mysterious temples in Cambodia. Built during the 12th Century during the rule of King Jayavarman VII. The temple is 2.5 metres tall and has a 300-metre-long platform and it functioned as a viewing point for King Jayavarman VII to watch his victorious return to its base. The temple is embellished with carvings of Elephants and garudas and depicts scenes from Hindu and Buddhist folklore. The detailed carvings showcase the architectural brilliance of the Khmer architects. The Terrace of the Elephants is a must-visit spot in Siem Reap.

How To Reach

a mesmerizing view of the Cambodian village to explore in the phnom Kraom.

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The Phnom Kraom Temple is just 10 kilometres south of Siem Reap city centre. The most efficient way to explore Siem Reap is to hop on a tuk-tuk. Along your way to Phnom Krom Temple, you will witness captivating sights such as villages, rice fields, etc. If you feel hungry, you can find some local restaurants that serve delicious authentic Cambodian Food.

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Phnom Kraom Temple in Siem Reap offers a soothing blend of ancient architecture and natural attractiveness. Once you climb up the stunning Phnom Krom hills you can witness the ancient temple as well as it offers a captivating view of the verdant valleys surrounding the Phnom Krom hills. Beyond the historical Temple, you can also explore other attractions in Siem Reap. Book your trip to Cambodia now and add these places to your itinerary to experience a captivating trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Phnom Kraom

Is there an entrance fee to visit Phnom Kraom Temple?

While the Phnom Kraom entrance fee is zero, visitors are required to purchase the Angkor Pass. with this, you can easily seek the blessings and enjoy the trip.

What are Phnom Kraom's timings?

Phnom Kraom timings start from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, providing visitors ample opportunity to explore the temple and enjoy the scenic views.

What is the largest temple in Cambodia?

Angkor Wat a Hindu-Buddhist Temple, is the largest Temple in Cambodia standing tall at 213 metres. However, there are other temples situated in the Cambodia to explore on the next visit.

How many temples are there in Cambodia?

There are around 4000 temples in Cambodia, most of which can be found in Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Thom, and Preah Vihear.

What is the best time to visit Siem Reap?

December and January are the best months to visit Siem Reap, as the weather will be much more pleasant than the summer months. The average temperature during this period may vary from 26-30 degrees.

Do any religious celebrations take place in Phnom Kraom Temple?

No religious events or worshipping is carried out within Phnom Kraom, but the temple ruins remain a top site of cultural and historical explorations.

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