"Phnom Santuk Staircase" Khett Kampong Thum Travelogue by AlbuqRay

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Base of Phnom Santuk Staircase

To get to the top from here you must climb 809 steps. I did not make the climb but they say that at the 230th step, there is access to the rock valley and a well. At the 455th step, there is a resting hall with a Buddhist statue on the left. Also, Chan Dare (where you drop a coin into a slot in the rocks to find out your fortune) is not quite to the top of the staircase. It is marked by blue painted arrows. See also a videoclip taken at the base of the staircase.

First Steps at the Bottom

We drove to near the top instead of walking all the way up from here.

Staircase Near the Parking Area

Approaching the staircase from the parking area after driving to the top.

Staircase Architecture

The small cement human figures that line the staircase look relatively modern. This is looking down from about step 695.

Last Few Steps (696 - 809) at Phnom Santuk

These are the steps that are left after you drive to the parking area near the top of the mountain.

Gate Into the Phnom Santuk Temple Area

When you get to the top of the staircase, you enter an active vihara (Buddhist monastery), which is called Wat Kiri Chom Chong Phnom San Tuk. At one time there were 18 monks, 16 nuns, two wise men and the head of the pagoda named Sok Nang, who was a key figure in getting the vihara built.

809 - The Last Step

So is it 810 instead? The level in the upper left corner of the picture is the floor of the temple area.

Looking Down from the Top

This picture was taken from the gate into the Phnom Santuk temple area.

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