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Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh

(3.7/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Wat Ounalom and many more Phnom Penh attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Phnom Penh vacation planner.
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  • The day we went to this beautifully maintained Wat, there were some visiting monks of some stature - lots of action and seats being set out and the somewhat strange sight of monks taking selfies and p...  more »
  • A large compound full of religious and civil buildings and stupe tombs near the National Museum, overlooking the main entrance on the square which is located at the confluence of the Mekong with the Tonle Sap. Are there past closing time of the pagoda and I took a few pictures of the buildings most striking that there are outside: many statues of Holy monks silver gilt, elephants and horses, a giant Bell tower. The impression is that it is an important temple, and check 4 balls.
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  • My husband and I have visited many Wats throughout SE Asia and we agreed that this is our favorite. There were very few other people there, entrance is free, and it just felt more authentic. There are...  more »
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  • ★★★★★I try to review in google map most impressive monuments while I am(was) traveling. Wat Ounalim, I feel and think this temple is most beautiful temple in PHN. In the evening, you can see beautiful temple view at the river side point. You can also see very beautiful buddah statue inside the building.★★★★★
  • Considered as one among ancient pagodas in Cambodia.The creation was traced back to 15th century. One special things of this pagoda is the uniqueness of its structural building and comprising ancient temple. This historical landmark is highly recommended for tourists who wish to understand the culture and religion of Khmer people.
  • One of the oldest pagoda in Cambodia. The area and building is peaceful and beautiful.
  • I think its a beautiful pagoda but a little bit bad smell out-side the pagoda.
  • Famous buddhist pagoda in Phnom Penh: Wat Ounalom