Kompong Krei, the bridge connecting ancient and modern times.

Kompong Krei Bridge was known as its original name “Spean Preah Toeus” which means “The Bridge of indication” in Khmer language. This bridge is an attractive destination tourists cannot ignore when visiting Siem Reap – the former capital of the ancient kingdom of Angkor in Cambodia.

Kompong Kdei ancient bridge passing over 1000 years of its history

Kompong Kdei ancient bridge passing over 1000 years of its history

It is located on Highway No.6 – the main road leading to the city of Siem Reap which is far from about 60 kilometers. Kompong Kreid was built by Jayavarman 7th in Angkor period about 1000 years ago. The bridge has undergone the long process of its history. It was part of the main highway No.6 till 2006 that all kinds of transportation such as busses and trucks crossed over it which then was restored by Bernard Philippe Groslier in 1965. Nowadays, Kompong Kdei remains in good condition; however, the road No.6 has been diverted since a 1.3km bypass and a new bride has been built with the aims to preserving the Kompong Kdei and preventing heavy trucks crossing the bridge. Therefore, the former bridge now only allows pedestrians and villagers who travel by motorbikes or bicycles to go and walk through. Tours in Cambodia

The Kompong Kdei is spanning the Chi Kreng River with 86 meters long, 16 meters wide and 10 meters high above the level of the river bed. The bridge is recognized as the longest corbelled stone – arch bridge in the world with 21 corbel arches sustained by 20 pillars which all are made of laterite.

The bridge is constructed with 21 corbel arches and is sustained by 20 laterite pillars

The bridge is constructed with 21 corbel arches and is sustained by 20 laterite pillars

Especially, there are four big 9 – head Naga engraved with sophisticate carvings on the end of the parapet. The figure of Naga is so sacred to Cambodia people that they worship Naga as a god giving them a love and protection for their life and their country.

The balustrade of the bridge is formed the body of 9 – head Naga

The balustrade of the bridge is formed the body of 9 – head Naga

This ancient bridge is also printed on the banknote of 5,000 Cambodia Riel.

This ancient bridge is also printed on the banknote of 5,000 Cambodia Riel.

Visiting this dignified bridge, tourists are amazed by the construction skill with significant decoration and great architecture that it has not been damaged after over 1000 years. Kompong Kdei is an outstanding work of art from Angkor era and become a nation heritage for next generation to see. It is the tourist attractions not to be missed on the way to travel Cambodia.

The Indochina Voyages team

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