Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Peung Tbal (aka (Poeng Tbal), a few kilometres from the tiny hamlet of Anlong Thom. There is no road or track to Peung Tbal, you have to walk across what resembles lava beds to reach the forested natural shelter, where on at least two surfaces of the sandstone outcrop you can see Hindu deities, rishis, Shiva and Uma and a multi-armed Vishnu carved onto the rock, as well as a very large pedestal but with its linga missing. There is also a circular rock that resembles a wheel (Tbal) which gives the site its name and naga figures amongst others are carved in bas-relief on its side. All in all a very unusual site and one which I first visited a decade ago on one of my pioneering adventurous trips onto the top of Kulen. There are other equally intriguing cave shelters like this on and around Kulen, especially one at Peung Komnou near Svay Leu which I have yet to visit.
Mao stands between the two sections of carved rock. The rounded stone to his right is the wheel (Tbal).
The entrance to the sheltered caves at Peung TbalThe lava-beds that you walk across to reach Peung Tbal