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Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour
"Your Phnom Penh tour starts with an educational experience about Cambodia's past. You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture center. Then head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial where a pagoda made up of some 8000 human skulls marks the site of one of the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards enjoying a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant and give back to the community.After lunch you’ll travel by moto-remork (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and cross the Japanese Friendship Bridge leaving Phnom Penh to catch a ferry across the Mekong River to Mekong Island. The island is famous for silk weaving
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Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour
"Meet up with your guide just outside your Phnom Penh hotel and hop in comfortable air-conditioned transportation bound for your first stop. Begin your tour at Cambodia’s Royal Palace which stands majestically in the city centre just off the riverfront area. Several buildings are open to visitors including the ‘Silver Pagoda’ whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum. Located in a fabulous old build the Museum is filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. At the north end of the city is the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom for which the capital was named. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill for fabulous views of the city below.In the afternoon take a look into the country’s tragic recent history with a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at sobering reminders of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful tour visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country. In between there is also time for a visit to the ‘Russian Market’. Test out your bargaining skills as you wander through the stalls filled with souve local handicrafts
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields
"Pick up from your Phnom Penh hotel by your guide and driver and transfer to the Toul Sleng Museum (Prison S21). During the Pol Pot regime Toul Sleng formerly a high school (Toul Svay Pre School) was converted to a detention center known as S21. After interrogation and often torture prisoners were transferred to ‘Killing Fields’ where they were often tortured again and brutally killed. Today the building houses exhibit paintings and photographs of many of the victims. Visitors can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the located just outside the city center. It was a Chinese Cemetery before it became the Khmer Rouge’s best known Killing Field. The remains of almost 9000 bodies have been excavated from mass graves in this area. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5000 human skulls
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Wat Ounalom Tips (15)

Wat Ounalom

More to do in Phnom Penh are nothing much, but if you wandered you will always find something to do. The Sisowath Quay is one of the place in Phnom Penh where I love to stroll. Along this way to find the most stunning sights in Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace and this Temple are next to each other, you can't miss it

Wat Ounalom is on the crossroads of the Sothearos blvd and Sisowath Quay. Wat Ounalom is now the center of Cambodian Buddhism. This is the oldest building in Phnom Penh, in fact the old building was suffered a massive destruction during Khmer Rouge period, but this slowly rebuilt. The hillside is the center of a lively area. Lots of vendors, workshops, beggars and tourists can be found around. Open: Mon - Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and free admission

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shavy
Jan 27, 2016

THE BUDDHA'S HAIR SURVIVED POL POT

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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davidjo
Aug 25, 2014

Wat Ounalom: Houses and Alleys

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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cal6060
Jun 29, 2012

Wat Ounalom: Art & Stupa

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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Jun 29, 2012
 
 
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Wat Ounalom: Architectural and Buildings

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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Jun 29, 2012

WAT OUNALOM

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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ancient_traveler
Mar 23, 2012

Cambodian Buddhist patriarchate HQ - Wat Ounalom

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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kelnsha
Apr 04, 2011

Wat Ounalom

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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May 02, 2010

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Wat Ounalom

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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AlbuqRay
Apr 09, 2009

Wat Ounalom

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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kenningst
May 28, 2008

Wat OUNALOM

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.

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Tedsocoa
Apr 02, 2008

Wat Ounalom

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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Mar 29, 2005

Things to Do Near Phnom Penh

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Tuol Sleng Museum

Tuol Sleng Museum, the complex used a secondary school until in 1975. Then the complex was occupied by the Khmer Rouge and used as a prison. The prison, known as S-21 eventually became the place where...
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Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument is located on streets between Street 7 and Sothearos Blvd. It was built in the late 1970s by the communist regime that took power after the Cambodian-Vietnamese...
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Sisowath Quay

The bustling Sisowath Quay promenade was recently renovated. The lady owner from our guesthouse told us about this area Four years it has been a building site that the view of many hotel visitor...
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Russian Market

To get here by tuk-tuk cost $4 because this is further out the center. This market offers many kinds of products from fabric, souvenir, shoes, jewelry, clothes. You also find tailoring, hairdresser...
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Silver Pagoda

Located within the Palace compound sits the Silver Pagoda .Removing our shoes we stepped inside . We were immediately wowed ! The floors are covered with 5000 silver tiles each weighing over a kilo...
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Foreign Correspondents Club

The FCC is housed in a three story French colonial building. It faces onto the Tonle Sap River near its confluence with the Mekong. The FCC dates from the 1990s and was once a hotbed of journalistic...
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