The South Asian nation, Cambodia was ruled by empires for a long time before it officially became the kingdom of Cambodia. It was reigned by Indian rulers from 50 AD to 1431 AD. The Khmer empire was the most powerful empire and they ruled for more than 1000 years. The Khmer empire began when king Jayavaraman II declared himself as the ruler. The Hindu kings spread the culture, tradition and religious practices all throughout Cambodia and Vietnam.
The Kbal Span river which is also referred to as the river with 1000 lingas were built by the Khmer empire. The Khmer empire had a strong belief that Hindu god Shiva was the most powerful. Though there are no temples built near the river, the river bed is covered with thousands of lingas which is believed to have been made during the 11th century. They built the structures of lingas along the river bed and believed that will make the water pure. Commonly referred to as the ‘river of thousand lingas’ the structures are elaborately carved on a mildly trodden path trail.
The inhabitants in Cambodia believe that the linga is the phallic symbol that represents the male essence as it looks like a phallus. It is wrongly interpreted to many as the river of 1000 penis. The Cambodians who follow the religion of Buddhism and Hinduism know that the structures represent the ancient ruling but the French colonial settlements and tourists consider it a tourist destination that has structures of penises along the river.