Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh

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    Amazing Temple on an artificial mountain

    by ErwinKoo Written Mar 11, 2014

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    Visited this Wat Phnom or originally named the Wat Preah Chedey Boraput on January 2014.
    Located in the area within Preah Sotheavong, Oknha Santhomok,and Preah Ang Sophanovong street.
    It was built on an artificial mountain , elevated several metres, on 1373.
    Foreigners paid just $ 1 to enter , must dressed properly to enter the main temple.
    The best time to visit here are during morning time.We visited this Wat 2 times in a day , during morning , a ceremony commenced in front of the main temple.
    Opening hours is from 7am until 6.30 pm

    The Wat Phnom can be accessed easily with taxis ,ranmork (tuk tuks) and,motorbike taxi.
    This Wat is a Theravada Buddhism temple ,founded in 1373 ,27 metres above sea level and its the tallest structure in Phnom Penh city.
    Legends relates this Wat with Lady Daun Penh, she organized the people in Phnom Penh for funds and built this temple , that's why , this temple is popular with the name Wat Phnom compared to its original name.
    There's a giant Stupa behind the main temple and a shrine dedicated to Lady Penh, the lady deemed responsible for the founding of this Wat.
    In the main temple ,we saw a giant golden Buddha , and some ancient relics related or donated to this Temple.Also we found mythological paintings on the walls inside the main temple.
    A statue of King Sisowath can be found in the garden below the Main temple and a giant clock beneath it.
    Worth a visit !

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    Wat Phnom.

    by cachaseiro Written Mar 9, 2014

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    Wat Phnom is the oldest temple in Phnom Penh and actually where the city was founded in 1373 when a woman found some Buddha statues by the river and decided to build a small temple for them.
    That temple has since then been extended many times and most of what you see today is a lot newer but it's still one of the nicest places to visit in Phnom Penh.

    What I really like about the place is that it's still a very active temple and you always see lot's of locals coming there to either pray or to celebrate religious festivals.
    It's sitting on top of a hill from where you also have a nice view and it's one of the places you should not miss out on when in Phnom Penh.

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    Wat Phnom

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 5, 2013
    Lions guarding the wat.

    This wat gives the city of Phnom Penh its name. According to an old legend in the 14th century a woman called Penh found several sacred Buddha statues in the Mekong River and placed them on a small hill. A wat was built on the hill to house these objects. Phnom is Cambodian for hill. Phnom Penh means Penh's Hill. The hill is 27m high. The main entrance to the wat is via the eastern staircase. This is guarded by long statues of ngas - mythical snakes and also by lion statues.

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    Wat Phnom - Temple on the Hill

    by akkipaa Written Mar 23, 2013

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    Wat Phnom (The Mountain Pagoda in Eglish, because it is on the only hill of Phnom Penh) is a Buddhist temple (wat). It was built in 1373 and stands 27 meters above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. The pagoda was given the name of Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut. There are Buddha statues (photo 2) and very touching paintings in the temple (photo 3)

    Again some legends. The Legend tells that a wealthy widow, Daun Penh, found a large tree from the river. Inside the tree there was four bronze statues of the Buddha. Lady Penh constructed a small shrine on an artificial hill made by the people living in the village to keep the sacred statues safe. This became a sacred site and sanctuary where people would make blessings and pray as we did with our trip.

    This is very nice area, as from photo you can see, there is a large watch with at least 6 meter long second pointer, you can wonder the time and life just watching it and there is about 10 meter long Cobra like snake (photo 4), made of rattan or something like, guarding the temple and the watch also.

    There is the statue of King Sisowath in the garden (photo 5)

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    The City's name temple

    by stevemt Written Mar 13, 2013

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    There is a legend here.

    A wealthy widow" Penh" many many years ago, saw a large log floating down the river, and wanted it to build her new house. So she pulled the log ashore, and found inside 4 Buddah's.

    Instead of the house, she had a man made hill built, and built a shrine on top of it for the 4 Buddah's.

    Phnom in local diaelect means hill.

    Hence the name of the city Phnom Penh

    Interesting interior, with some lovely mural work inside

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    Wat Phnom

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Wat Phnom is located on a 27 metres high hill in the centre of Phnom Penh – a site which is said to be the founding place of Phnom Penh. A legend goes that in 1372, Yeah Penh discovered four Buddha statues in a koki tree floating on the Mekong River. She built a hill (“phnom” means hill) and on the top, she placed a small temple to house the statues - and this became the Wat Phnom. Later, the surrounding area became known after the hill (Phnom) and its creator (Penh) = Phnom Penh.

    The current temple was last rebuilt in 1926. The large stupa contains the remains of King Ponhea Yat (1405-1467) who moved the Khmer capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh in the beginning of the 15th century.

    The hill is surrounded by a nice green park, and the site is a popular gathering place for locals and is of constant activity; people coming and going from the wat, having a picnic, playing hacky sack ball or playing music - and vendors selling drinks, food and souvenirs. There is a huge clock - which is illuminated at night - on one of the hill sides, and it has become one of Phnom Penh's night-time landmarks.

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    by cal6060 Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    According to legend, Wat Phnom was first built in 1373 to house the four statues of Buddha found inside a KOKI tree, which was discovered by a village lady named Daunh Penh. Then, Dounh Penh and villages mounted up a hill and built the temple known as Wat Phnom today.

    Today, Wat Phnom is the most popular temple for tourists visiting Phnom Penh. It is built on a hill 27 meters above the ground, which is the tallest religious hill in Phnom Penh. The entire compound and surrounding areas are more like a tourist attraction than a sacred religious hill. When I arrived here from Norodom Blvd immediately feel the magic of Wat Phnom with nicer street, nicely trim trees, welcoming staircases with traditional snake and naga heads, a big clock made out of green plants and steels. The colorful Statue of King Sisowath is facing the clock. The main temple, Vihara (temple sanctuary), and the huge stupa are the most stunning icons that are worth to visit.

    Other things to do including playing at the public playground and fountain at the southeast side of Wat Phnom, visiting Wat Phnom museum, riding a short elephant ride around the base of the hill.

    Locals come here to pray for good health, success in business or school examinations, and good luck. When their wish is granted, they would return to offer a garland of jasmine flowers or a bunch of bananas, of which the spirits are said to be especially fond.

    Admission: US$1 per adult (apply to foreigner only)

    Also, check out my travelogues to learn the legend of this place.

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    HIGHEST POINT IN THE CITY

    by davidjo Written May 20, 2012

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    Wat Phnom sits atop of the highest point in the city. An admission fee is charged to enter Wat Phnom where the first pagoda was erected 800 years ago and according to local folklore a girl called Penh found 4 buddha statues by the river. Many locals come here to pray for good fortune and make appropriate offerings. It's a idyllic spot to spend an hour or so but be prepared to be annoyed by beggars, drink sellers, street kids and a multitude of other folks hoping to cash in on your visit.

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    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 24, 2012

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    According to legend, a 14th-century woman named Penh found sacred Buddhist objects in the nearby river and placed them here on the small hill. A temple was built to house the relics and the city was named for it - Phnom Penh means "Penh's Hill."

    Located on a man-made hill twenty seven meters high in the middle of Phnom Penh, Wat Phnom is a revered place of worship for all Khmers and is the namesake of the capital. The original pagoda was built in 1373 to house four Buddha statues said to have been deposited by the waters of the Mekong. Wat Phnom has a unique atmosphere and is surrounded by various fortune tellers, mystics, faith healers and elephant ride around the site are available.

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    by DaHongHua Written Mar 3, 2012

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    From our tour guide, this is the earliest temple built on a small hill. The Cambodian capital city was named Phnom Penh, has relationship to Grandma Phnom. The temple is not big but most local people especially the business man has deep trust and believe to it. The Grandma Phnom small temple is located behind the main wat building. According to our TG, those newly wed couple must come to pray here for long lasting relationship. The compound is also a people park for their leisure activities. A giant clock donated by Chinese is on the field to tell the time. For those who could not climb the small hill to the temple. The elephant ride is available to serve you.

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    Only hill in town - Wat Phnom

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Set on top of a 27m high tree covered knoll. According to legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the waters of the Mekong river and discovered by a woman named Penh.

    The main entrance to Wat Phnom is via the grand eastern staircase, which is guarded by lions and naga (mythical serpent) balustrades.

    Today, many people come here to pray for good luck and success in school exams or business affairs. When a petitioner's wish is granted, he or she returns to make the offering promised - such as a garland of jasmine flowers or a bunch of bananas, of which the spirits are said to be especially fond - when the request was made.

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    by Cathy&Gary Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    The history of Wat Phnom is that in 1372 Lady Penh discovered four Buddha statues. She decided to create the hill (Phnom) that is today the site of Wat Phnom and atop the hill she created a small temple (Wat) to house the statues.

    The story continues that eventually the area became known as Phnom Penh in recognition of Lady Penh and the hill.

    The current temple contains the remains of King Ponhea Vat (1405-1467) and it was this King that relocated the capital of Cambodia from Angkor to Phnom Penh in 1422.

    Wat Phnom is a very popular place with lots of local people visiting.

    You can take an elephant ride on Sambo ($10) and there are many stalls selling food and drinks. (This was also my first experience with seeing quite disfigured people begging along the stairs to the Wat).

    There are also loads of fat well fed monkeys there.

    Entry Fee: $1

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    by sweetie_inc Written Mar 12, 2011
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    Wat Phnom is a revered place of worship for all Khmers and is the namesake of the capital. The original pagoda was built in 1373 to house four Buddha statues said to have been deposited by the waters of the Mekong. The temple is the focal point for many Buddhist ceremonies especially Pchum Ben and his highly revered by Phompenh residents. Wat Phnom has a unique atmosphere and is surrounded by various fortune tellers, mystics, faith healers and elephant rides around the site are available.

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    Temple Mountain - Wat Phnom

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 17, 2011

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    Wat Phnom was rebuilt in 1926 ,the original reportedly dates back to the 1400's. It is built on the only hill around and for those who can brave the heat they are rewarded with a good city view .
    It was so hot when we visited we declined to climb,so we missed the view.

    There are lots of locals trying to make some cash from many visitors. Surprisingly there was even someone offering elephant rides.

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    Wat Phnom

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    This small hill, or phnom, at the northern end of Phnom Penh give's Cambodia's capital its name. Legend has it that a Khmer woman Penh was dawdling by the riverbank when she noticed four Buddha images floating by. She grabbed the lot of them and lugged them over to the hill, where a wat was built to house them.

    It was built in 1373 and is one of the most important pagodas in the city. It is the tallest religious structure in the city at over 27 metres high and houses the ashes of King Ponhea Yat.

    Admission: $1.

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