Life & Travel
After my Khmai class on Saturday, I decided to spend the day exploring the countryside and a few of the attractions I have not yet visited here in Battambang. I met up with Odom, the tuk-tuk driver who had taken me all around Battambang one of the first weekends I was here, and we started off on our journey. First, we stopped by an area of town where families manufacture rice paper to see the process and the hundreds of pieces of rice paper laying out to dry. Here are some photos I took of the surprisingly swift process below.
After that, we headed to Wat Ek Phnom - an 11th century temple located just outside of Battambang. I always love visiting the temples here, and there was a beautiful pagoda and ginormous statue of Buddha located on the grounds as well.
Against my better judgment, I let Odom convince me to then head over to the fish market next - luckily a quick drive through the drying fish filets, which can apparently be kept for up to a year before eating, was enough for both of us.
We ended our day at Wat Samraong Knong (which translates to the Wat in the Forest). This temple was built in the 1700s and used by the Khmer Rouge as both a prison and an execution site. Next to the temple stands a recently built pagoda, and a memorial to those killed there - yet another reminder of the atrocities the Cambodian people endured during the not so long ago Khmer Rouge reign.
Sorry for the short post, but we have been quite busy over here at IBJ! All in all, the longer I'm here, the more I feel at home in Cambodia. It is an absolutely wonderful country with so much to offer and I can't believe my time here is already half way over. Next week I get to visit some parts of Cambodia where I haven't yet been, so I'll try to be more thorough in my next post!