Photo: Looking across the river to the hill.

Phnom Neang Kong Rei

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Phnom Neang Kong Rei, or Mountain of the Sleeping Lady, is the low wooded hill you can see on the opposite bank of the Tonle Sap from Kompong Chhnang’s waterfront. At just over 300 metres in height it doesn’t look especially significant, yet it’s not only Kompong Chhnang’s most iconic landmark but one of the most famous mountains in Cambodia.

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The name is a clue. Its fame derives from a typically convoluted Khmer legend involving ogres, beautiful princesses, scheming queens and of course a courageous but gullible prince. The tale has been made into books, songs and movies. Suffice to say that the prince was forced to leave his beloved Neang Kong Rei to go on a mission, and used a spell to turn the intervening lands into water so she couldn’t follow him. Heartbroken, the princess cried herself to death at her loss and the mountain is said to resemble the shape of a prone, weeping maiden. Larger than life statues of the devastated girl and the departing prince on his trusty stead can be seen in the small traffic circle park close to the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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