Kuhear Nokor Temple
Now on my way to this archaeological expedition of June to some interesting places in Kompong Thom and Takaw provinces. Yesterday I traveled from Sihanoukville with my cameraman Chhun and another student, Chen, who is from Kompong Thom, in order to get along in the places. This morning we pick up Ms Delonix Panheang from the Pochenton Airport in Phnom Penh. She is a teacher of communication of the Singapore Polytechnic and a great benefactor of our social communication section of Don Bosco Sihanoukville. First step, Kukhak Nokor Temple.
Delonix is a real expert in Cambodian temples. Our goal is to see some pre-Angkorean ones, though Kukhak Nokor is not. It is in the works list of king Suryavarman I of the 11th century and I think it is a great treasure. The fact that it is inside the pagoda guarantees its protection, I think and I hope. Looking to it, it is rather well protected. Inside the Sanctuary there is probably a collapse or vandalize action.
Some elders, Achá, care the place, especially one that speaks very good English. He said that he works at the temple since 40 years ago. It means that he is here since 1970. Now I realize that I could do a great interview with him, but we had an appointment at the Santuk Silks (next post.)
I notice also some youth inside the temple (males and females) just staying there. I talked with one and they see to be jobless young people. For their aspect, it is a little scary for a single foreigner going inside the temple, but the elders are too friendly and protected. Being true, the youth were indifferent to our presence.
Going there from Phnom Penh
It is in the National Road 6. In the Skuon village (in other maps it is writen ‘Skun’) there is a junction of the road: to the left (north) to Kompong Thom and to the right (east) to Kompong Cham. The village is well populated and there is a roundabout with good signs. After the village, you run 24 kilometers more (15 miles). In a small village (Trodork Village), at your left, you can see the ‘Welcome to Kukhak Nokor Temple‘, but you have to turn opposite to the ad, through an unpaved road. From the main road to the temple there are 200 meters. The unpaved road is divided in two: take the right.
Look for other pictures of Kuhear Nokor Temple in my Panoromio by Albeiro Rodas.