From the early 17th century to the mid-19th century, this was the last centre of power of the Ankor dynasty, before the capital was moved to Phom Penh in 1866. Many historic buildings were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. At the foot of the hill around which the old Khmer capital once sprawled stands the large temple monastery of Wat Udong.
All that remains of the great past are the stupas, some of which have been beautifully restored, towering on Phnom Udong hill, visible from afar.
The first stupa is the tomb of King Monivong (reigned 1927-41). The second is said to be the tomb of King Ang Duog (reigned 1845-59). However, there is also a stupa of him next to the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh. The third stupa is the tomb of King Soryopor (reigned before 1618). The fourth stupa supposedly contains relics of Buddha.lightbox for MACby VisualLightBox.com v5.9