Oudong (Udong) was the penultimate capital of the Khmer Empire. Founded in 1601 by King Srei Soryapor on a high hill, the city grew over the course of the next two centuries as successive rulers built canals, bridges, and dozens of temples in the area.
Visitors reach the summit via a set of stone stairs ascending from the base of the hill. The summit’s many temples and buildings survived the passage of time fairly intact until the Khmer Rouge took power in the 1970s. Many of the remaining structures were badly damaged by soldiers, and fell into disrepair. Though not terribly intact, the ruins of Oudong’s former glory are still heavily visited by both lay Buddhists and orange robed monks. It’s common to see monks rapped in mediation or performing rituals in the various enclaves and shrines that dot the remains of Oudong.
Best Time to Visit Oudong:
For the best weather, plan on visiting Oudong between December and May during Cambodia’s dry season. Increased temperatures begin to blanket the land in June and continue through November, but this season’s known for short bursts of rain in the mornings and later afternoons that provide welcome relief from the high daytime temperatures.
How to get to Oudong:
Oudong is situated in the northwestern province of Kampong Speu. Guests enjoying one of our luxury tours of Cambodia reach the ruins in a private vehicle leaving from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
The crumbling shrines and temples of Oudong have an ancient, otherworldly atmosphere that should not be missed while traveling north out of Phnom Penh. It’s a taste of what awaits visitors to the stunning Ankor Wat Archeological Park near Siem Reap.
Western-style clothing choices are fine to wear while exploring Oudong’s monuments.