Known as once the capital of Cambodia and served as the center of power for several Khmer kings from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Today, Oudong is known for its ancient temples, pagodas, and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
There are many things and places to explore in Oudong.
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A great weekend and holiday destination not far from Phnom Penh (about 40 kilometers northwest of the capital city of Phnom Penh) in Cambodia, Southeast Asia. There are still many temples on the top of the mountain.
You’ll need to climb Oudong Mountain, which is really just a hill, to get to the sights. There is an even staircase which leads up the hills and a walkway that runs across the hills past all main points of interest.
Climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain for spectacular views of the plains below. Take your time admiring the breathtaking vistas of the plains below. After the short climb, stop at a picnic shelter at the foot of the hill for a typical Khmer lunch.
The first stupa is named Damrei Sam Poan. This north western stupa was built by King Chey Chettha II (1618-26) to bury his predecessor who founded Oudong. The main stupa is built on a three-tiered platform rising high above the surrounding jungle.
The second stupa is named Ang Duong after King Norodom’s father. The stupa was built in 1891 by King Norodom to contain the ashes of King Ang Duong (1845-59). The stupa is decorated with colorful tiles.
Mukh Proum, the third stupa, is positioned on the south-eastern side of the three stupas. It is the funeral stupa of King Monivong, who ruled from 1927-1941 and features four faces looking outwards towards the four cardinal directions. In Khmer “mukh” means face.
The original temple was completely destroyed by the Khmer Rouge and was completely rebuilt. It was also known as the “Temple of Eighteen Points” because the temple’s structure was made up of 18 points or corners.
This statue is unique because the Buddha faced north instead of the traditional direction of the East. Within the crumbling walls is a new golden Buddha statue that gleams and glints in the sunshine.
As you descend the Oudong Mountain, you will come across a bridge. Walking to the other side, you came across the Preah Shakyamuni Chedi, a stunning white stupa and Buddhist temple that was completed in 2002. The temple complex also includes a library and a conference center, as well as a number of statues and paintings. The architecture features large elephant carvings and ornate decorations.
The Vipassana Dhura Buddhist center is located at the foot of the mountain, on the same side as the ancient stupas. It’s a beautiful temple and monastery that houses both male and female monks.
It is possible to participate in a meditation session and stay overnight in return for a donation.
This village is famous for its handcrafted products of pure silver with items such as elephant miniatures, embellished boxes, and other types of embossed work or on request.
This village’s silver items are distributed to both local and foreign markets, and nearly the entire population is a craftsman. There are opportunities to purchase jewelry and silverware as well as observe how it is traditionally made in the region.
Conveniently situated in the Koh Dach part of Phnom Penh, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Indoor pool and outdoor pool are among the special facilities that will enhance your stay with on-site convenience.
The Garden City Hotel is a budget-friendly option that offers comfortable rooms and a convenient location The hotel provides a number of recreational opportunities, including an 18-hole international standard golf course managed by IMG.
The Bale Phnom Penh by LifestyleRetreats is a luxurious hotel with stunning views of the Mekong River and the surrounding countryside. It has accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a shared lounge.
The accommodation offers a children’s playground. An indoor play area is also available at Le Kroma Villa, while guests can also relax on the sun terrace.
Oudong is a small town in Cambodia with limited dining options compared to larger cities like Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. However, you can still enjoy some delicious Khmer cuisine and local specialties during your visit.
Here are some of the local foods that you can try:
This is a dish that holds a special place in Cambodian cuisine, often hailed as the country’s national dish and commonly enjoyed during special occasions. It is made with fish, coconut milk, and a fragrant blend of spices, often served in a banana leaf. It’s creamy, slightly sweet, and mildly spiced.
Lok Lak is a stir-fried beef dish usually served with a tangy dipping sauce made from lime and black pepper. It’s often accompanied by fresh vegetables and rice. It is a popular dish in Cambodia.
Khmer curry is fragrant and mildly spiced, often made with coconut milk and a mix of herbs and spices. You can find various versions with chicken, beef, or vegetables.
Being close to rivers and coastal areas, Oudong offers fresh fish and seafood dishes. Look for grilled or fried fish served with dipping sauces or seafood curries.
Check everything carefully before traveling to Oudong, especially the weather, to choose the best time – the best season for your trip.
The best time to visit Oudong is between November and February when the weather is cooler and drier. During this time of year, the mountains are lush with greenery and the temples are less crowded. Daytime temperatures range from 25 to 30°C (77-86°F), making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing.
March to May is the hot season in Oudong, while June to October is the wet season.