There are numerous options for daytrips when it comes to the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Oudong, alternatively spelled as Udong, makes an attractive choice for those who want to experience something new. The former royal capital of Cambodia, up until it moved to Phnom Penh in the 1800s, is located 45 km north of the main city, and is a perfect escapade to Cambodian countryside. As a potential contenteder to UNESCO heritage site list, it’s very surprising that the amount of information is not very forthcoming about this destination.
The first structure that greeted me is the numerous set of staircase. The green canopy surrounding the area definitely created a more secluded atmosphere, and the lack of tourists was definitely an added benefit. Once you reach the top of the peak, glimpse of the silver-colored Preah Sakyamoni Chedi definitely helped in consoling my racing heart. Considered as a sacred structure, the stupa is said to consist of relics from the Buddha himself.
The intricate carvings and the sheer magnificence of the structure definitely made up for the painstaking effort of climbing stairs. The serenity of the place, compounded by its majestic views and the resounding echoes of the soft chants from the Buddhist monks makes for a striking impression, and a definite must for all who are making itineraries for Cambodia.
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