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Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh

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#5 of 10 in Historic Sites in Phnom Penh
A landmark in the history of Cambodian Buddhism and the country’s current headquarters of the religion, Wat Ounalom stands as one of the oldest of the five pagodas in the country. Unearth the rich history of the estate, established in 1443, consisting of 44 buildings, and originally built to enshrine an eyebrow hair of Lord Buddha. Wind your way around the main temple, learning the teachings of the Buddhist philosophy, finding out about its previous inhabitants of 500 monks, and understanding the horrific desecration of the temple during the Cambodian genocide. Find the eyebrow hair remarkably still preserved in a small shrine behind the main temple. Put Wat Ounalom on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Phnom Penh online day trip planner .
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  • Visited this Wat after our trip to the national museum, as it was nearby. Climbing the stairs to the interior, as we got closer, for some reason there was just the aura of peace and serenity that seem...  more »
  • Not far from the royal palace. It's a nice temple to visit. Find the stairs to go to the 3rd floor and admire the view of the river. Don't forget to cover the shoulders and knees.
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  • I like visiting this Wat when there is a festival on, or Khmer New Year especially, very vibrant atmosphere during festivals.  more »
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  • This is a nice little respite from the bustle of the capital. There are also vendors on the western most wall selling haircuts and drinks.
  • The oldest pagoda among other pagoda in Phnom Penh, and the stupas of the popular king of monk Samdach Chuon Nath rested here.
  • The oldest pagoda among other pagoda in Phnom Penh, and the stupas of the popular king of monk Samdach Chuon Nath rested here.
  • pagoda that stands out on the riverside among tourists bar and restaurant. Very nice.
  • A pagoda that stands out on the riverside among tourists bar and restaurant. Very nice.

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