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Phnom Yat

Phnom Yat is a cultural and historical attractions in Pailin City. It is not only a holy place where people come to worship, but it is also further in the heart of the city of Pailin.
The mountain is 60 meters high, 700 meters long, 300 meters wide and covers 30,000 square meters. The summit is accessible by foot or by car. A staircase of 242 steps, each step about 25 inches high, was completed on October 13, 1998.

This attraction is an ancient pagoda, resembling a Kola pagoda. It was built on the hilltop by the Kola people in 1922. There are many ancient structures on Phnom Yat, including big and small stupas and Asroms (a place for meditation).
The hill is Pailin is for residents and some visitors of the pagoda are very secretive. Although the people assume that there are still a wealth of gems hidden in this hill. There are at the top of the hill huts or small houses for visitors to rest.

Phnom Yat is one of the famous historical and cultural attractions, which has already attracted great masses of tourists. The first thing you'll notice is the pagoda with a wide range of countless gems. Phnom Yat is best known for its Kola pagoda style.
Besides the pagoda, which is the central attraction, there is also a stupa. The stupa is located behind the pagoda. Who serves as the burial place for Rattanak Sambat, the father of a Cambodian literary figure, Khun Niery. One assumes that his ashes are kept here.

There are many stories why people built the Phnom Yat. According to a legend, hunters met at this place a sorceress, while they were hunting for animals in the jungle.
The sorceress was named "Yiey Yat Yat" (or grandmother), and she warned them against the killing of her animals. When they stopped hunting, a surprise would be their reward. The hunters went into the jungle. Near a stream at the mountain Yat they saw an otter playing in the stream. The otter opened his mouth and there were precious gems in the mouth. This was their reward. So that's why they built the pagoda.

Later, a shrine was built to show Grandmother Yat respect. People come here to ask Yiey Yat Yat to cure their pains. There is also a statue of the magic otter at the Phnom Yat. You can also find other images, that show some images of Buddhist hell.