Vihear Phnom Bei

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The Vihear (Monastery) Phnom Bei, Kulen foothills.

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Publication: ADB Index Card #K1

Published: November 2019

Author: Angkor Database

Pages: 1

Languages : English, Khmer

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In addition to the ADB document:

  • The importance of Phnom Bei quarries at the turn of the 20th century is illustrated by this map, drawn by Etienne Aymonier in 1901:


(reproduced in Darryl Collins 2006, Siem Reap: Then and Now)

  • In his 336-entries Toponymic List of Kulen, Jean Boulbet lists Phnom Bei as "Phnom Bei (transcription Bhnam Pi)", meaning "Three Hills," both as a hillock and a river (running towards Bang Maelea), n. 22 and 127, 100-meter elevation, with two hermitages (vihears) in the vicinity:


Note: a previous version of this document erroneously located in Phnom Bei two inscriptions on sandstone boulders, believed to date back from Angkorean times and to be a dedication to Shiva. These inscriptions have been in fact identified at Phnom Thbeng, Preah Vihear province (Our thanks to Dr. Jean-Baptiste Chevance and ADFKulen team).

Tags: Kulen Mountain, Svay Leu, Beng Mealea Temple, building stones, Templation Activities, quarries, Siem Reap River

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