WAT HANCHEY - CAMBODIA - MEKONG RIVER
Wat Hanchey is an ancient hilltop pagoda dating from the 8th century from where one can enjoy offers some of the bestviews of the Mekong River. Wat Hanchey was an important centre of worship during the Chenla period...
As far upstream as we can navigate due to constraints of time and water levels, Wat Hanchey is a fascinating complex of temples from all periods of Khmer art history.
Also of interest here is an Angkor period temple situated at the foot of the hill 500 meters from our mooring position up the main highway. This temple has been well restored. The monks have started a museum of old Khmer agricultural and domestic implements that can be viewed in a caged hut close to where the main flight of steps opens onto the hill top.
Wat Hanchey is a beautifully situated hilltop pagoda that overlooks the Mekong River. The hill sits next to a river bend with a huge island in the middle of the river. The view of the Mekong is outstanding from the top and must be one of the best in Cambodia. The brick structures of Wat Hanchey date back to the 8th century. It was an important religious center during the pre-Angkor Chenla Empire period. There are many religious monuments and small building that remain spread out over the large hilltop.
Wat Hanchey is about 20km up the Mekong River from the provincial town of Kompong Cham.
The temple complex sits on top of a hill with good views of the river - when the weather is fine.
The oldest part of Wat Hanchey dates from the 7th or 8th century, before the glory days of the Khmer empire when Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom were built in the 12th century. It’s a weather-worn red brick edifice but crowded all around are more recent temples, pagodas, stupas, houses and statues. The statues are weird; they depict mythical heroes and creatures, wild and domestic animals, a huge variety of fruit …