Phnom Penh Oudong Monastery
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We arrived in Phnom Penh to start our exploration of that area for the next several days Our morning excursion was to the Oudong Buddhist Monastery where we participated in a morning blessing by the Buddhist Monks. Located at the foothill of the mountain Phnom Oudong, also known as Phnom Preah Reach Troap about 40 km northwest of the modern capital Phnom Penh, Oudong was royal residence and Cambodia's capital for more than 250 years until 1866. A monumental royal necropolis of sovereigns of several centuries is scattered on top the prominent bisected mountain, which runs from the southeast to the northeast. After the blessing we hiked the 512 steps to the top of the mountain for some views of the countryside.
After hiking back down, it was great to climb into the air conditioned bus for a ride out to a village in the countryside for an Ox Cart ride.