Legend has it that the two hills were built many centuries ago in a contest between the men of the region and the women. The women won, using subterfuge to fool the men into thinking a night monster was lurking. The ladies knew it was a fake monster, and kept working. What they gained for winning the contest was the right to propose marriage to men, instead of waiting to be chosen.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Yesterday's excursion was a short distance from Kampong Cham. There is a pair of small hills, each with a temple on the top. We only went to Phnom Pros (the hill of the men), not to Phnom Srei (the hill of the women), mostly because there's a road up to the top of Phnom Pros, and only 500 stairs up to the top of Phnom Srei. The temple on Phnom Pros is really a complex of many structures, some elaborate and covered with carvings and gold leaf, some very plain and spartan. There are many monkeys wandering around the place, and a reclining gold Buddha that must be 40 feet from head to [decorated] toes.
Posted by Sandra Rude at 1:28 AM