5.0 based on 22 reviews
Given that the Bahá'í Faith is only 176 years old, it is amazing to see this facility, the first ever Local House of Worship to be opened in the world, (in 2017), open to all in the spirit of "The earth is one country and mankind its citizens". My family became members of the Bahá'í Faith in 1962, before the first international governing body of the faith, the Universal House of Justice, was even elected. I had no idea that I would live to see the first Local Houses of Worship being built in a country ravaged by war, whose beautiful ancient temples were ravaged again and again, as the area changed hands and the country changed religions. Free of ornamentation, and open to all, it invites visitors to commune directly with their creator, whatever they conceive it to be, in an atmosphere of calm serenity, acceptance and modernity. Yes as a Bahá'í myself, living in California, I am biased, but the random visitors we met there appeared also to be impressed by the serenity and acceptance they felt there. In the spirit of the Bahá'í principle of the "Independent investigation of truth" I commend this new temple of the world's newest religion to the interested visitor.
4.5 based on 39 reviews
This is a sad memorial to those that died in the Battambang killing fields. Not many people seem to come here but I think it is worth visiting. It's a really sad, at times graphic and touching place. Worth going to as a reminder of the past. Afterwards we visited Prassat Bassaet which was a temple complex almost destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. It was another stark reminder of that regime but it was touching to see the local efforts to restore the temples.
4.0 based on 261 reviews
Wat Ek Phnom is 11km from Battambang?s ferry landing by the shortest route and 21km if you go via the Pepsi plant and Pheam Ek. Combining both makes for a nice 32km circuit.
This is an older Hindu temple next to a more modern one and a mostly finished Buddha. This is a unique opportunity to see, touch and feel an old 10th century temple. Beautiful more contemporary temple on the same grounds is worth a look too for the intricate craftsmanship of carvings and paintings.
4.0 based on 543 reviews
Wat Banan temple away from Battambang city about 25km. It’s a 358-stone-step climb up Phnom Banan to reach Prasat Banan, but the incredible views across surrounding countryside from the top are worth it. Udayadityavarman II, son of Suryavarman I, built Prasat Banan in the 11th century; some locals claim the five-tower layout here was the inspiration for Angkor Wat, although this seems optimistic.
If you don't mind going up steep stairs, around 350 steps, I think, then this is a great experience, as you will find a wonderful ancient buddhist temple once you reach the top. But this is not all there is to experience at the Wat Banan Temple site, the entire place emits a great atmosphere, with the usual street food shops selling all sorts of food and things, and a pretty lake with some hatched buildings on stilts, and unlike Angkor, which is 37 dollars for a day, the entrance fee here is only 2 dollars, for which you can see some impressive old temple buildings from the same period. To get there you can take a tuktuk, a bicycle or rent a scooter in Battambang. However, I would not recommend the bicycle, as I have seen a few cyclers coming back from there towards Battambang and they looked quite worn out and exhausted in this heat. After all, it is around 23km from Battambang and the road is not a good one, even though it is quite shady with many trees along the side. From Banan you can get to the bat caves across a dusty road through an amazingly beautiful landscape, but you have to handle your scooter well and not mind getting covered in red dust along the way.
4.0 based on 75 reviews
Spent a short time to visit Whit Elephant Pagoda which is located behind the provincial museum of Battambang where the pagoda is truly amazing and beautiful. Here is so calm in personality, at the right entrance there is Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Battambang Branch which publicly open for local university students and teachers. Just close the courtyard of Pagoda there is a provincial museum that is available for tourists to explore the impressive statues, mythology and Buddhism, running with ancient cave information, before you begin your journey to visit ruins temples in Battambang provinces. Highly recommend!!!!
4.0 based on 114 reviews
Ta Dumbong Kro Aung Statue ( Black man Statue ) Founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire, Battambang is the leading rice-producing province of the country. For nearly 100 years it was a major commercial hub and provincial capital of Siamese province of Inner Cambodia (1795-1907), though it was always populated by Khmer, with some ethnic Vietnamese, Lao, Thai and Chinese. Battambang remains the hub of Cambodia’s northwest, connecting the region with Phnom Penh and Thailand.
Nice way to honor the man who reclaimed the land from Siam/ Thailand. Although it can be seem from the car/bus get up close. Pretty cool.
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