On Saturday, Maja and I visited Oudong (the old capital of Cambodia), an area about 45km from Phnom Penh that has a number of sites for Buddhist prayer and retreat. We decided to take a tuk-tuk so we could really take in the scenery; it was nice, but pretty dusty and hot! The entire town of Oudong is atop a mountain, but the main place of worship (called a stupa) is at the very peak, meaning lots and lots of steps! Along the climb we encountered many Khmers (the people of Cambodia) who were going to pay their respects to Buddha. Once on top of the mountain we had to remove our shoes and hats before entering the area around the stupas. The pictures below display the architecture of the stupas and Khmers giving their offerings. It seems most customary to lay lotus flowers and burn incents during the practice of worship.
After visiting the stupas we wandered through the local market:
And a local temple:
We then visited the Buddhist center, which was really gorgeous. I think the pictures will give a better impression than anything I can describe!