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Half Day Oudong Tour with the Twist from Phnom Penh

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activity-icon 4 Hrs 30 Min Duration
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activity-icon Groups of 2-10

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Get off the beaten path with a trip approximately 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh to the temple of Oudong. After breakfast at 8:00 am, you will be transferred to Oudong, located on a small mountain and the former location of the royal residence and Cambodia’s capital until 1866. At the base of the mountain, check out a memorial to the victims of the Khmer Rouge. It contains bones collected from mass graves nearby. A small pavilion with painted murals shows the atrocities that were committed during the regime. From here, climb the 500 steps up the ridge. Take your time and admire the views of lush greenery and blooming trees. At the top, you will find a modern temple that contains a relic of Buddha, believed to be one of his eyebrow hairs. Continuing on the path, you will find three large stupas that contain the ashes of former monarchs and several smaller temples. Further along is the impressive Arthaross Temple that houses the remains of a large Buddha destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. This Buddha is known for facing north instead of the traditional east, which is said to depict the power of the Khmer Empire at that time. On the way back, stop at Koh Chen, a small village where most residents make their livings as copper and silversmiths. Here you will meet Mr. and Mrs. Thol Chhanthou (a combination of both their names) who have had the techniques of copper and silversmiths passed down to them through generations. Learn about why they still embrace these skills and hear about their fascinating story as a couple. Admire their beautiful artisan work before returning back to Phnom Penh around noon.

Mountain
Admire the views of lush greenery and blooming trees from the top of the mountain
Oudong Temple
Visit the Oudong Temple, situated in the former capital of Cambodia, a must visit in Oudong and place of Worship
Stupa
Explore three large stupas that contain the ashes of former monarchs and several smaller temples
Copper Making
Visit Koh Chen, and explore the history of Copper and Silversmith family
Silver Smiths
Discover the techniques of copper and silversmiths passed down to them through generations

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