Phnom Bayang is located in Por Rorng village, Preah
Bat Choan Chum commune, Kirivong district, about 43 kilometers south of
Takeo provincial town or about 121 kilometers south of Phnom Penh. From
Phnom Penh, take National Road 2 via Bati, Sam Rong, Daun Keo and Trang
Phnom Bayang was built between AD 615 and 635 by
King Pavavarman II on the top of Phnom Bayong, a 313-meterhigh mountain.
Its diameter is 13 meters by 9 meters and it is 12 meters high.
Constructed of laterite, brick and other stones, it is heavily damaged.
Pieces of the temple litter the ground; the roof has collapsed, and
the laterite rampart has been damaged.Bayang temple is a historical site
that attracts both foreigners and Cambodians doing research about their
ancestors. The road to the mountain, however, is old and difficult to
access in the thick forest. The temple is reachable by climbing 390
steps. In addition to Bayang, there are four other temples on the
mountain-Preah Kor temple, North Kanang temple, East Kanang temple and
Kampoul Kanang temple. All are for Brahman worship and contain a Silva
Visitors to the site will come to understand how
Cambodian history and culture was influenced by the outside world.
Because without access to the mountain, however, the only people who
will visit the site are researchers studying Cambodian history.In
Kirivong District, there is a stream, Pha Oak, which flows 1,000 meters
from its source to where people congregate to swim or bathe. The stream
is 6 meters wide during the rainy season and 2 meters wide during the
dry season. The sound of the water falling from the mountaintop is
almost musical, and the scenery is beautiful.