BATTAMBANG (Khmer : ក្រុងបាត់ដំបង;
Batdâmbâng) or KRONG BATTAMBANG
Founded in the 11th century by the
The city is situated on the
Sangkae River , a tranquil, small body of
water that winds its way picturesquely through
* 1 History * 2 Climate * 3 Attractions * 4 Transportation * 5 Twin towns – Sister cities * 6 Notable people * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 Further reading * 10 External links
Following colonization by the French , an urban layout was developed
which resulted in an enlarged French colonial town. This first attempt
at modernization resulted in well-defined streets laid in a grid
pattern, building of urban structures and three main streets parallel
to the Sangkae River, and the linking of both banks by the
construction of two bridges in 1917. Military and prison facilities
were also erected. Nineteen years later, a second urban development
plan was implemented with a newly constructed railway linking
Much later, more infrastructure and public facilities were built
under the modernization program of the Cambodian government led by
Prince Sihanouk . Several provincial departments, a court house and
other public buildings were added on both sides of the river. Textile
and garment factories were built by French and Chinese investors, the
Battambang Airport was constructed, and the railway line was extended
to the Thai border at
CLIMATE DATA FOR BATTAMBANG
MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR
AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 31 (88) 33 (92) 35 (95) 36 (96) 34 (93) 33 (91) 32 (89) 32 (89) 31 (88) 30 (86) 30 (86) 30 (86) 32 (90)
AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 19 (67) 21 (70) 23 (73) 24 (76) 24 (76) 24 (76) 24 (76) 24 (76) 24 (75) 23 (74) 22 (72) 20 (68) 23 (73)
AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 5 (0.2) 18 (0.7) 48 (1.9) 86 (3.4) 157 (6.2) 147 (5.8) 155 (6.1) 155 (6.1) 259 (10.2) 224 (8.8) 84 (3.3) 30 (1) 1,364 (53.7)
Wat Peapahd Temple in
KAMPING PUOY LAKE
Located between two mountains, named Phnom Kul or Phnom Ta Nget and
Phnom Kamping Puoy, at Ta Nget village, Ta Kriem Commune is 35
kilometers (22 mi) from the provincial town. Kamping Puoy lake is
1,900 meters (6,230 ft) wide, 19 kilometers (12 mi) long and can load
110,000,000 cubic metres (3.8846×109 cu ft). It is famous for its
giant lotus flowers whose fiber is spun and weaved to make a new
organic fabric. These activities employ more than 20 underprivileged
women around the lake.
BASET TEMPLE Was built during the reign of King Suryavarman I (1002–1050) and located on a hill at Baset village, Ta Pun commune 15 kilometers (9 mi) from the provincial town. Baset temple adapts the architecture of 11th century and built in 1036 and 1042. Next to the temple, there is a pond 20 meters (66 ft) long 12 meters (39 ft) wide and 10 meters (33 ft) deep. The pond never dries up even in the dry season.
WAT EK PHNOM
Adapts the architecture of the 11th century and was built in 1027 during the reign of King Suryavarman I (1002–1050). It is located at Piem Ek commune 14 kilometers (9 mi) from the provincial town.
Adapts the architecture of the mid-11th century and the end of the
12th century; the temple was first built by King Dharanindravarman II
(1050–1066) and was completed in its final form by the King
Characterized by three separated stupas made of brick, located on a hill 30 meters (98 ft) long and 20 meters (66 ft) wide, in Snung pagoda’s area, Snung commune, Banan District 22 kilometers (14 mi) from the provincial town. According to the style at the gate, the temple is similar to other temples in 12th century. Behind the temple, there is another new temple being built.
Is a natural resort located along the National Road No 57 (the former
National Road No10) at Sam Puoy commune (the high land more than 100
meters (330 ft) high) and 12 kilometers (7 mi) from the provincial
town of Battambang. On the top of Sam Puoy mountain, there is a temple
and three natural wells, namely Pkar Slar, Lo Khuon and Ak Sopheak.
Next to Sam Puoy mountain, there are some mountains, and natural sites
like Phnom Trung Moan, Phnom Trung Tea and Phnom Neang Rum Say Sork.
These mountains relate to the
SEK SAK RESORT
A natural resort which has been popular since before the civil war,
Sek Sak stretches along the river bank with plants, trees and bamboo
stretching 500 meters (1,640 ft) in length. Tourists can also visit
other attractive sites like Po Pus Pich Chen Da Dong Tong and Sa Ang
speak, the pre-history site five kilometers (3.1 mi) to six kilometers
(3.75 mi) away. Sek Sak located Treng commune,
Rotanak Mondul District
50 kilometers (31 mi) from the provincial town of
NORY (BAMBOO TRAIN)
Is overseen by the tourist police and runs from just outside the city
to a village that has a brick factory. See
BATTAMBANG CIRCUS (PHARE PONLEU SELPAK)
The shows include a range of circus disciplines including acrobatics, juggling, aerial work, clowning, tightrope walking and aqua-balance. It gives performances every Monday and Thursday evening. The shows are put on by students from the NGO arts school, Phare Ponleu Selpak that helps disadvantaged children and young people escape from situations connected with poverty such as begging or trafficking and to get an education, both in normal public school and in the arts. It is probably Battambang's premier tourist attraction, and the performances are world class.
There is also (except during the lowest water levels of the dry
season) a daily boat connection between
TWIN TOWNS – SISTER CITIES
* ^ "Chapter 2: Spatial Distribution and Density of Population"
(PDF). Statistics Japan.
* ^ Goscha, Christopher E. (1999).
* Analyzing Development Issues Trainees, ADI Team, and Cooperation
Committee for Cambodia. Labour Migration to
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