Tonle Bati

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Tonle Bati
LocationTakéo Province
Coordinates11°20′N 104°51′E / 11.34°N 104.85°E / 11.34; 104.85Coordinates: 11°20′N 104°51′E / 11.34°N 104.85°E / 11.34; 104.85
Basin countriesCambodia

Tonle Bati (Khmer: ទន្លេបាទី) is a small lake about 30 km south of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. It is a popular weekend destination for the local population. It is also a popular fishing spot for both tourists and people who live locally.

Close to the lake, there is the Ta Prohm of Bati, one of several shelters built in Cambodia and Thailand during the reign of Jayavarman VII to house the Jayabuddhamahanatha statues.[1]:175–176 It is located off the highway to Takéo Province.

The word Jayabuddhamahanatha means "Victory-Buddha-Great Saviour" and may be have been referred to the defeat of the Chams by the king Jayavarman VII.[2][3] A similar sculpture was found at the Vihar Prampil Lvengo on the Avenue of Victory at Angkor Thom.[4]

20 minutes south of the lake there is another temple called Phnom Chisor (Khmer: ភ្នំជីសូរ). It is situated on a mountain top which requires a visitor to climb 461 steps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coedès, George (1968). Walter F. Vella (ed.). The Indianized States of Southeast Asia. trans.Susan Brown Cowing. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-0368-1.
  2. ^ Huu Phuoc Le (2010). Buddhist Architecture. Grafikol. p. 265. ISBN 9780984404308. OCLC 639315496.
  3. ^ Southeast Asia: A Historical Encyclopedia, from Angkor Wat to East Timor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 2004. p. 696. ISBN 9781576077702. OCLC 1000411290. Retrieved January 1, 2020. Quote: possibly representing the king as Buddha and intended as symbolic of his rule over the locations concerned.
  4. ^ Exploring the World Heritage sites of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam. UNESCO Publishing. May 29, 2017. ISBN 9789230000202 – via archive.is.