Kbal Spean – The river of thousand Lingas

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Travel Notes:

  • Kbal Spean is located 50 kms northeast of Siem Reap and a direct trip by tuk-tuk takes about an hour. A visit to Kban Spean can be combined with a visit to the temple of Banteay Srei, which is 15 kms directly south of the road.
  • An Angkor Pass is required for entry to Kbal Spean.
  • The last entry on the trail is at 3:30 pm.
  • Best time to visit the site is from May to December when the river and the waterfall have a good flow.

 

Kbal Spean is a river in the jungle of Kulen Hills northeast of the main Angkor area. Its riverbeds and surrounding rocks are sculpted with myriad of Hindu symbolisms dating back from the 11th  century.

the river carvings were commissioned by Khmer kings. The lingas and other divine carvings were intended to sanctify the water as it made its way downstream to the Angkor temples and settlements.
the river carvings were commissioned by Khmer kings. The lingas and other divine carvings were intended to sanctify the water as it made its way downstream to the Angkor temples and settlements.
Aside from lingas, other astonishing features on the site are the carvings representing Hindu Gods and deities. Depicted in this carving is God Shiva riding on a bull with his consort Uma.
Aside from lingas, other astonishing features on the site are the carvings representing Hindu Gods and deities. Depicted in this carving is God Shiva riding on a bull with his consort Uma.
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