Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh

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    THE BUDDHA'S HAIR SURVIVED POL POT

    by davidjo Written Aug 25, 2014

    Wat Ounalom was constructed in by 1443 and consists of 44 different structures and is located on Sisowath Quay, not too far from the Royal Palace. It is the center of the order of Mohinikay Buddhism and the most important Wat in the capital. The Khmer Rouge partially destroyed it but it has been restored since then. There used to be a home for 500 monks but unfortunately the Khmer Rouge ended the life of most of them. Also the Buddhist Institute library was here and actually contained over 30,000 volumes , but the books were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge also, as well as many valuable artifacts. An eyebrow hair of Buddha is supposed to be inside on e of the stupas. However there are still some magnificent paintings and artifacts that shows some aspects of Lord Buddha's life.

    Unfortunately my photos do not give the place justice, but it is well worth a visit.

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    Wat Ounalom: Houses and Alleys

    by cal6060 Written Jun 29, 2012

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    When you visit Wat Onualom, don't forget to wall around their alleys. There are many local residents and monks live inside the compound. The houses inside the compound comes with different architectures, interesting to look at them as most likely they were built by the French as they have some European features. And this would be a great place to take great photos with the local and monks.

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    Wat Ounalom: Art & Stupa

    by cal6060 Written Jun 29, 2012

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    There are beautiful art statues and design everywhere in this Wat. You could notice the crafted of Buddhist art pieces on the gate and wall, they are different each one of them. Also, you can see some Angkor Art sculptures in their courtyard or under some trees. Look up the Stupa , they look great next to the palm trees.

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    Wat Ounalom: Architectural and Buildings

    by cal6060 Written Jun 29, 2012

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    Wat Ounalom is located north of Sothearos Blvd, also near Sisowath Quay. It is the headquarter of Cambodian Buddhism. Although it is not an impressive Wat, but it contains some of the unique features that you won't see in other Wat. The compound of the Wat is big because it includes the houses, apartments for the common people and monks. There are three main buildings in the compound, the main temple in the middle, plus two side buildings with nice architecture design. The wall and the gates of this Wat ware nicely built with traditional Khmer style plus some Angkor's styles. I believe this Wat will be slowly upgraded as being the center of Buddhism in Cambodia.

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    WAT OUNALOM

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 23, 2012

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    Wat Ounalom is located on Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, near the Royal Palace of Cambodia. It is the most important wat of Phnom Penh, and the center of Cambodian Buddhism. It was established in 1443 and consists of 44 structures.

    It was once home to hundreds of monks and an extensive religious library, but suffered greatly at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Many of the religious artefacts were thrown into the river during the Khmer Rouge years, but a few were eventually retrieved. The temple was built to house an important religious relic, an eyebrow hair from the Buddha. The wat is quite a lively place to visit as it is home to many monks and novice monks who peep curiously at visitors.

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    Cambodian Buddhist patriarchate HQ - Wat Ounalom

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was founded in 1443 and comprises 44 structures. It received a battering during the Pol Pot era but today the wat is coming back to life. The head of the country's Buddhist brotherhood lives here, along with an increasing number of monks.

    The admission is free and daily opening hours are between 6am and 6pm.

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    Wat Ounalom

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    This rather unexciting looking temple is located just to the north of the Royal Palace near the river and doesn't really warrant a visit except that it keeps an eyebrow hair of Buddha in a stupa to the rear. The temple itself was founded in 1443 and comprises some 44 structures that were damaged by the Khmer Rouge in the late 70's.

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    Wat Ounalom

    by AlbuqRay Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    As the center of Cambodian Buddhism, Wat Ounalom is the most important wat in Phnom Penh. Wat Ounalom was built in 1443 to keep a relic of the Buddha, an eyebrow hair. It is a Mahanikai Buddhist temple and the residence of the Supreme Patriarch of the sect. The Khmer Rouge killed many monks and inflicted considerable damage on this wat, smashing Buddha images and stealing precious metals. On the second floor is a brass statue of the fourth patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism, Somdech Huot Tat, who was murdered by the Khmer Rouge. The statue, made in 1971, had been thrown into the river, but it was recovered in 1979.

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    by kenningst Written May 28, 2008

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    I will be honest that I find nothing interesting about this temple at all. I came here because I got time to burn and wanted to utilize my tour guide. Thank goodness it is free. Be sure to go the back of the main temple where you can see an eight handed statue along side with some other rather funny looking statue which I can’t make sense off. Also the stupa at the back is said to contain the eyebrow hair of Buddha which makes me wonder if that is really the case, wouldn’t it be in the national museum rather that such an uninteresting Wat?

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    Wat OUNALOM

    by Tedsocoa Written Apr 2, 2008

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    This temple is one of the smaller ones in Phnom Penh, but is an well entertained building, where you can go inside to have a look how the tempellive is organised. In the backyard of this tempel you will see some older buildings, where the monks are living. Dureing the week ends, in front of this tempel, there are some artisans selling baskets and other handicraft articles.

    Frontside of Wat Ounalom. Wat Ounalom seen from the riverside. Side entrance of Wat ounalom in Kmer style. Artisans selling handicraft before the entrance. Backyard of the Wat, where the monks are living.

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    Wat Ounalom

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 29, 2005

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    Though decimated by Pol Pot’s regime, Wat Ounalom is coming back to life as befits the home of the country’s Buddhist religion. A colorful complex full of young monks, its 44 structures date back to 1443 and it is a pleasant place to enjoy a shady respite after touring the neighboring Royal Palace. The stupa in the rear is said to contain an eyebrow hair of Buddha.

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    Wat Ounalom

    by xiquinho Written Sep 23, 2004

    This significant temple houses an eyebrow-hair relic of the Buddha, and is the traditional headquarters of the Cambodian Buddhist patriarchate hierarchy. For this reason it was ravaged by the former Khmer Rouge government, but still displays many interesting murals and artifacts.

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    Wat Ounalom

    by extrajoce Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Wat Ounalom is not an absolute must, but since it's situated close to the royal palace along the river banks, you might as well have a peak inside. It's quiet atmosphere offers a sharp contrast with the market just on its northern side.

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    Peaceful in the midst of Phnom Penh

    by stevemt Written Mar 9, 2013

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    Well worth a visit, I happened to climb the steps to a 2nd building and found the library with an older monk studying

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