Wat Ek Phnom

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Wat Ek Phnom
Wat Ek Phnom
Wat Ek Phnom
Wat Ek Phnom is located in Cambodia
Wat Ek Phnom
Location in Cambodia
Coordinates13°08′32″N 103°13′01″E / 13.14222°N 103.21694°E / 13.14222; 103.21694Coordinates: 13°08′32″N 103°13′01″E / 13.14222°N 103.21694°E / 13.14222; 103.21694
Date built1027 A.D.[1]
CreatorSuryavarman I

Wat Ek Phnom is an angkorian temple located on the left bank of the Sangkae River near the G Peam Aek spot approximately 13 km north of the city of Battambang in north western Cambodia. It is a Hindu temple built in the 11th century under the rule of king Suryavarman I. Although partly collapsed and looted it is famous for its well-carved lintels and pediments.

The site[edit]

An enormous white-stone sitting Buddha statue leads to the modern Buddhist pagoda Ek Phnom surrounded by 18 Bodhi Trees.[2] The site is deemed as a very popular picnic and pilgrimage destination for Khmers at celebration times. The pagoda opens the way to the ruins of the ancient hinduist temple. The ancient temple, built of sandstone blocks and enclosed by the remains of a laterite outer wall and a Baray, consists of small temples or prasats on a platform and measures 52m by 49m.[3] Mostly reduced to ruins today only the main towers of the temple remain standing whose upper flanks hold some fine bas-reliefs.


The bas-reliefs depict events of Hindu mythology mostly referring to Krishna. In the same way as Krishna, Suryavarman I carried out institutional reforms of the state[4]

Images of Wat Ek Phnom[edit]

Images of the ancient Ek Phnom temple[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Ek Phnom".
  2. ^ "Buddhism in the Numbers".
  3. ^ "Ek Phnom Temple".
  4. ^ Chandler, p.48-51.
  5. ^ "Krishna and horses in Indian mythology".