Wat Phnom

Nestled in the bustling capital of Cambodia, Wat Phnom stands as a serene hilltop temple with deep historical and cultural roots. Founded in 1372 by Lady Penh, who discovered sacred Buddha statues in a tree floating down the Tonle Sap River, this iconic site has been a focal point of Phnom Penh for centuries.

Wat Phnom’s architecture is a blend of intricate carvings and golden spires, with lush gardens offering a tranquil escape from the city’s busy streets. The temple remains a vibrant part of local life, where people come to pray, make offerings, and celebrate significant festivals like Khmer New Year.

Visitors can climb the grand staircase, flanked by mythical lions and naga serpents, to reach the temple and enjoy panoramic views of Phnom Penh. Inside, vivid murals and a grand seated Buddha invite reflection and reverence.

Easily accessible and open daily, Wat Phnom offers a unique glimpse into the spiritual and cultural essence of Phnom Penh, making it a must-visit for any traveler.

Location

Wat Phnom is centrally located in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. This historic temple is situated on a 27-meter high artificial hill at the northern end of the city’s main thoroughfare, Norodom Boulevard. Its exact address is Street 96, Norodom Boulevard, Daun Penh District. Easily accessible from all parts of the city, Wat Phnom is a prominent landmark and a must-visit attraction for anyone exploring Phnom Penh.

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