Phnom Pros Phnom Srei
Phnom Pros Phnom Srei is located in Krala commune, Kampong Siem District, about 7 kilometers from Kampong Cham provincial town or about 114 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Phnom Pros is a dull peak hill about 30 meters high. On the hill is a pagoda named Wat Sovankiri Rattanak Phnom Pros. Is has a spot for vehicles to park at the top. The main temple is five peaks, constructed in the style of Banteay Srei temple n Siem Reap. Another temple on Phnom Pros has two peaks and was constructed during the Sangkum Reastre Niyum regime of then-prince Norodom Sihanouk. Near the temple is a 15-meter-high stupa, which was constructed by a monk, named Keo Suor, who was the first head monk of the pagoda. A Kot is at the foot of the hill.
From 1975 to 1979, during the Khmer Rouge regime, Phnom Pros was used as a prison and torture center.
About 1,000 meters north of Phnom Pros, there is another higher hill with a sharp-pointed peak called Phnom Srei. There are also several smaller hills at Phnom Srei called Phnom Dangrek, Phnom Ly and Phnom Chhuk. Visitors can reach the peak by climbing 308 steps. At the top are the remnants of a destroyed temple. No monks live there, however, there is a Duan Chi who cares for the site and asks visitors for donations to rebuild the temple.
This site is popular with Cambodians during traditional festivals like Khmer Year and Pchum Bin. The top of the hill affords visitors a beautiful view of Kampong Cham province.