Wat Phnom (Khmer: វត្តភ្នំ, Vôtt Phnum [ʋɔət pʰnom]; "Mountain Pagoda") is a Buddhist temple (wat), a pagoda, that symbolizes the name of Phnom Penh, a historical site in the record of Khmer national identity. Wat Phnom has a total height of 46 meters (150ft). The pagoda is named after Lady Penh from the story of the discovery of the five statues: one Vishnu statue and four Buddha statues.
In 1372, a wealthy old lady named "Penh" lived on a small hill near the bank of the confluence of the four rivers. One day, when it was raining, Penh went down to the port to take a bath and saw a floating Koki tree in the river and she called the village to fish it from the water. She and the villagers took a piece of wood to scrape off the mud and in the hole of the Koki tree, there were four Buddha statues made of bronze, brass and one made of marble. Another statue was in the form of Vishnu with the hands holding a staff, a chain, a snail, and a lotus flower. Penh asked the villagers to help retrieve the Koki tree and retrieve the four treasures. Later, Penh assigned the villagers to build an artificial hill and build a small wooden temple on top of the hill to house the statue. She invited monks to pray for the statues and the monks named the hermitage "Wat Phnom" which is known to this day.
Kemly Ouch | Dec 27, 2017
Wat Phnom is one well known historical site. It is nice place for both foreign tourist to visit and local citizen to relax during the weekend. It is kind a small mountain/ hill that has Buddhist temple on the top of the mountain and a tiny Chinese temple at the corner middle way of stair to the top. It has greenery garden, and fresh air. It is close to riverside, national museum, and royal palace. It is good for international tourists to arrange your visit together with the royal Palace, national museum, riverside, night market.
Myoura KANG | Dec 19, 2017
Do you believe this small mountain or hill was not natural? This is a historic place that is very importance for Cambodia capital, because the Phnom Penh city was named because of this place. There is a pagoda on top, and this is a sculpture on big clock that talk about Thai gave back three province to Khmer king. There are many monkey, but they are not so dangerous anyway no need to play with them.
Selin Mutlucan | Mar 3, 2018
Scrutinize the murals inside the temple. They are pretty interesting. Also visit the craft store.
Sopheak Tuon | Nov 15, 2017
Nice place to visit. It is a historical place that good for foreign and local tourists to visit. We can learn about ancient culture. We can go there to pray for luck, visit with family or friends and relaxing with landscape. We can also enjoy taking good photos at there.
Julie Wong | Dec 17, 2017
One of the major sites in Phnom Penh as this is where the name originated. It is visited by locals and tourists throughout the day. Not entirely sure why the exterior sculptures and walls are covered in pink paint. The interior is more interesting. There's event space by the clock area, and they were hosting cultural events open to the public.
kuno paulus | Mar 30, 2018
Nice temple on roundabout for which you have to pay 1 Dollar if you are not Cambodian. Closed at night but beautifully illuminated. Yet as you come at night, there will be a lot of freelancer ladies all around the roundabout waiting for customers.
Dennis Wan | Mar 15, 2018
A sprawling park on a hill that has a temple at the top. There's also a Chinese temple on the park grounds halfway up the hill. Interesting contrast of Buddhist and Taoist practices going on in such close proximity. Visitors are welcome to make offerings to the deities, and experience the customs. English speaking guides seem to be available as well.
alia nemi | Mar 3, 2018
I appreciated that they make foreign tourist pay to enter and shoot photos in an holy place, while Cambodians don't. Plenty of flowers and beautiful trees. Too bad the handcrafts shop located next to the temple is absurdly expensive compared to market and shops in other areas.
Gu Le | Mar 25, 2018
Cute little hill with some memorable monuments, but you can only enter towards the east, as there is a fence built around the whole hill and there is a 1$ entry fee for foreigners. Still ok, as long as they don’t raise the entry fee. Don’t expect a view, there are high trees around!
Nattiga Subsingha | Apr 21, 2018
It was nice place to visit. You could see Buddha statue inside of the temple. But, the weather was so hot because I came here on April. It was summer time.
Anselm Nemela | May 22, 2018
Was asked for one dollar entrance fee. It is a nice place but in the end of the day it is not much more than a nice and well kept park, with some little history to it. Nothing to get overly excited for but nice to stroll around for an hour or so. I thought it appealing to read a book in the shadow of the trees but wished I didn't have to pay entrance fee for this.
Brian Long | Jun 5, 2018
More of a quiet park than a must-see temple. The entrance fee is USD 1, which grants you the right to walk up the steps. However, inside the Buddhist temple is really spectacular. Look up and see the ceiling art!
Colguides | May 30, 2018
Travel to Cambodia, Wat Phnom is one of favorite destination to travel in Phnom Penh, We can know about history of Phnom Penh city and see who are the first building the city. You can relax under a big tree around wat phnom and take pictures of birds. Don't miss Wat Phnom if you travel Phnom Penh
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