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Wat Banan Temple, Battambang

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Perched atop a hill looking over the Sanker River, Wat Banan Temple provides a secluded encounter with an ancient Angkor temple. Climb up nearly 400 steep cobbled steps, reaching five monumental towers consecrated as a Buddhist shrine, thought to have been built sometime between the 10th and 13th centuries. Search for the few remaining carvings, best preserved on the central tower, depicting female spirits of the clouds and praying figures. On reaching the bottom of the hill, numerous food and drinks vendors greet you with welcome refreshments. A visit to Wat Banan Temple represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Battambang trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Lovely little temple complex at the top of a long climb. You will have to be rude to the beggar children though. It does not help them to be nice as that encourages them to skip school. Wonderful view...  more »
  • Beautiful temple in 20 km from Battambang (nice way from there along the river without ever seeing it). Challenging steps but in my opinion worth it. Certainly you cannot remotely compare to Angkor Wat but it would also be inappropriate to do so. Admission $2.
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  • Quite a reasonable hike up the 300 odd stairs to see the rather dilapidated ruins of this temple, lots of danger signs and wooden props holding up what remains though it is a rather lovely site and we...  more »
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  • Very interested temple
  • I'm about 11km from the temple. it's on the Banon mountain.
  • About 20 kilometres out of town, Banan Temple is a good example of the Khmer architecture that this region is well known for. It was built in the eleventh century and involves a long climb to the top up a steep staircase. It’s quite small at the top but has great views of the surrounding area.
  • Near my house and amazing place.
  • Simple temple, but worth trying to climb up