via Khmer Times, 26 August 2021: Archaeological ruins in Oddar Meanchey province getting spruced up for tourist season.
In preparation to restart tourism activities, the Department of Culture and Fine arts in Oddar Meanchey province has started clearing and cleaning the areas around the Brahma Kel temple and the ancient bridge located at Choeung Tien village, Choeung Tien commune, Chong Kal district.
The ancient bridge known as Spean Toap or military bridge made of laterite and sandstone is 16.8 metres wide and runs for 151 metres. It is said to be the longest bridge remaining in the country and a big tourist attraction.
It was built in the Angkorian style during the reign of King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century and early 13th century, along a major ancient road from the former capital Angkor towards Phimai Temple (Vimai Bora) in present-day Thailand.