Norkor Bachey Temple
Norkor Bachey temple is a cultural and historical site. It is located 2.2 kilometers from Kampong Cham provincial town along National Road 7, about 122 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh. Visitors traveling from Phnom Penh will see the gate to the pagoda on the right. The temple was built in the middle of the 11th century, during the reign of Suryavarman II and King Ouphey dedecating to Brahmanism. The temple is about 200 meters inside the gate. The site is accessible to almost all types of vehicles. The temple is divided as follows:
Tonle Om is a pond about 400 by 500 meters in area, about 300 meters east of the temple.
The first gallery surrounds the temple. It is about 3 meters high and 2.5 meters wide. Today much of the first gallery has been damaged. Points of the interest in the gallery include six lion statues at the entrance to the second gallery; eight statue of Naga behind the six lion and two statues of Asura that guard both sides of the entrance.
The second gallery features two statues of Decho Da Din, the commander of the army, two statues of Asura, and two ponds, both 20 meters square, located between the first and the second galleries. The ponds are full of lotus flowers and never dry up, even in the dry season.
The third gallery, wider than the first two galleries, has entrances on all four sides. This gallery includes statues of Vishu with eight arms and the other with four on either side of the main entrance.
The fourth gallery is constructed of laterites and was built like a room. It has eight entrances.
Once visitors reach the center of the temple, they will see a high sandstone peak topped with statue of Buddha facing north, south, east and west. Norkor Bachey temple is one of large compared to other temple in Cambodia. It is the main gathering place for Kampong Cham province and other cities and province dwellers.