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This is about my upcoming trip to Malaysia and Cambodia. The first part is pre-trip - information about flights, itineraries, accommodation and all the things that you need to do to plan an overseas holiday. This is my first trip to Asia and I hope it may help others. Comments are very welcome and anyone who has travelled to Malaysia and/or Cambodia, please feel free to comment and offer any advice or tips that you think would be helpful. As of today ( 28th February) , in exactly 11 days (minus 30 minutes) I will be in Kuala Lumpur.

I had the most amazing time and hope you enjoy reading about my trip. Each post is numbered and I'm doing them in order from start to finish - a little like a diary.



39. Preah Promreah Pagoda - AD 1371

Preah Promreah

Preah Prohm Rath Monastery was founded about 500 years ago in the reign of King Ang Chan, who dedicated it to Preah Ang Chang-han Hoy and to the spirits of Ta Pum Yeay Rath. The temple was also established to propagate the Dharma (Buddha's teaching), and to provide lodging for monks, because a lot of them who came to Siem Reap didn't have anywhere to stay.

Built in late fifteenth and early sixteenth centery AD, it's situated on land belonging to the wealthy family of Ta Pum and Yeay Rath. It is said this monastery was regarded as the sacred residence of Preah Ang Chang-han Hoy who was a revered monk living in the thirteenth and fourteenth century AD.

All the Khmer people whether high born or peasant came to worship him, especially the King Ang Chan who came to pray for victory as the kingdom wasn't stable, and when it did became stable, the family mentioned above provided its sacred land to the King Ang Chan to establish a monastery which was called the Ta Pum Yeay Rath Monastery. In the 1940's, under the Most Venerable Monh, a former abbot, it was renamed Preah Prohm Rath Monastery as it is now.

Above: Entrance

Above: The main vihear (prayer hall)

Above: Preah Ang Chang-han Hoy's boat
Once upon a time in the year 1358 - 1456 in a temple in Siem Reap, there lived a monk called Preah Ang Chang-han Hoy who travelled across Tonle-sap Lake every day to collect alms from Buddhists at Longwek Capital. He returned to his temple each day for lunch. One day when he was in the middle of the lake, his boat was cut in half by sharks, but fortunately didn't sink.
One part was at Wat Boribo in Boribo District Kampong Chnang Province, the other part was in Siem Reap province, now at Wat Preah Prohm Rath.

In the late 15th, early 16th century, King Ang Chan built this shrine hall and temple which he dedicated to Preah Ang Chang-han Hoy while he prayed for victory.

This replica of Preah Ang Chang-han Hoy's boat was built in 2007 by most Venerable Tong Ton, Samanera Tong Teuom, fellow monks and Buddhist laymen to preserve the knowledge of culture, history and heritage for Khmer generations.

Above: Stupas
Stupas are ancient icons of Buddhist art and are symbols of enlightenment. They are also the oldest of Buddhist architecture designed with sacred geometry and symbolism. To learn more about stupas CLICK HERE.


Davine said...

I haven't left a comment for a while - but just wanted to let you know I am enjoying your trip so much - it is like we are all joining you on your adventure.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, Davine and I'm really glad to hear that you're enjoying this trip with me.

Treasure Queen said...

I'm loving theses posts and now I'm pleasantly surprised to see my friend Davine has left a message here as well... she lives not far from me!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

You and Davine live in a beautiful part of Victoria. Driving through the Diamond Creek area to the Yarra Valley is one of my favourite places.

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