Wat Samrong KnongCurrently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: 153, Krong Battambang, Cambodia
- Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +855-69534177
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
The Wat Samrong Knong dates back to the early 18th century and was built by Mr. Thudong Chey as a hermitage. The temple is named after the Samrong Tree that grew on the temple grounds. In the late 19th century, the original structure was refurbished with a brick temple. During the Pol Pot regime, the pagoda was used as a prison and as a place for official interrogation. Many of the victims were killed in the fields that surrounded the pagoda. The temple also a number of reliefs regarding the events that unfolded here- one of them depicting a woman being raped and murdered portraying just how terrible the regime reign was. It is said the regime soldiers used a number of torture methods to kill the victims that included cannibalism, using venomous snakes, suffocation by bags and using palm fronds that were used as weapons.
Over time, many scholars have lived here along with Thudong Chey and even today, devotees come here to worship and to make a wish. The Well of Shadows monument present on the temple grounds is where you can still find the bones and skulls of the victims. The thing about Battambang is that even though attached with a lot of intense historic events- most of them being surreally cruel, the places still are used for joyous occasions. It is probably one of the rarest things you will come across the city. The temple grounds also have a beautiful courtyard and a large pond that stores water all year round. The temple is still used for celebrating festivals and the big Buddha statue is where people come to pray. The old stupa that dates back to 1887 dedicated to the monk chief, completes the temple.
- Admission to the place is free of cost.
- By renting a Bicycle/ Motorcycle.
- By taking a Tuk Tuk.
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95% of people who visit Battambang include Wat Samrong Knong in their plan
62.5% of people start their Wat Samrong Knong visit around 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Wat Samrong Knong
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Samrong Knong
An ancient Buddhist pagoda. The former main temple is on the process of putting its name into the World Heritage list. The temple itself is full of glories and horror. During Khmer Krohorm period, the temple was used as a captive for prisoners who were mostly ordinary people. 10,008 people lost their lives. The compound is tranquil and filled with calm after the tragedy.
Another wat, but this place has a bit of history to it, though rather dark...this was the site of one of the many 'killing fields' of the Khmer Rouge, reportedly over 10.000 people were tortured and killed here...a memorial in the back is filled with skulls and bones that were recovered later...oh dear!
beautiful, serene, shady trees temple complex with killing field memorials
There's a tower with picture and explanation of the miserable history. Truly meaningful place.