Sampeou Mountain : Battambang, Cambodia

Located about 12km from Battambang city, Sampeou Mountain has a dark history. Whilst the Khmer Rouge held power of Cambodia from 1975 – 1979, they used Sampeou Mountain as ‘killing caves’. The soldiers would beat their victims to death and throw their bodies into the caves. Nowadays, there is a memorial with the victims bones, just as you will find in many other parts of Cambodia.

Phnom Sampeou is a natural site located along National Road 57 in Sampeou Commune, Battambang district, about 12Kilometers of Battambang city.

Atop a 100-meter-high mountain stands a pagoda and threee natural caves: Pkasla, Lakhaon and Aksopheak. Pkasla cave is full of uprooted stones and is considered important because it is where Phnom Sampeou residents come to celebrate after a marriage.

Next to Phnom Sampeou are several important mountain clusters, including Phnom Kdaong, Phnom Krapeu(The Crocodile Mountain), Phnom Trung Moan, Phnom Trung Teat and Phnom Neang Romsay Sok. All are related to the Khmer Folktale titled Reachkol Neang Romsay Sok.

Sampeou Mountain
Location: Battambang, Cambodia

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