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Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh

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#4 of 10 in Historic Sites in Phnom Penh
Founded in 1373, Wat Phnom remains the city's tallest religious structure. The Buddhist pagoda features a central altar complex with a seated Buddha statue and murals depicting the Khmer version of "Ramayana." At the southwest corner of the site, you can visit a shrine dedicated to Lady Penh, where swarms of Buddhists and visitors come to offer food, flowers, and prayers. Monkeys inhabit this area, so keep an eye on your personal belongings. Put Wat Phnom into our Phnom Penh vacation generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Phnom Penh.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is another very nice pagoda. Sold birds to be released (eye return to his cage alone, let release them 5 mint) and eye with the monkeys don't ask if not really food
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  • August 17, 2017
    It's not necessary to visit. It's helpful to know the origin of the name of the city. If you pass by it then go up, they charge foreigners $1 to climb up the stairs. Don't go out of your way looking f...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If you've seen Buddhist temples elsewhere, this will be nothing special. It's small and not very interesting. However, it's a quick visit, so if you are in the area, might as well have a look. After a...  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    Foreigners need to pay money to be able to enter the top of the park whereas locals of Khmer-looking people can go in for free. Beware of the monkeys here as they can snatch at your stuff. The site itself is surrounded by vendors and hustlers but the Wat is a nice break from the hectic pace of the city.
  • June 8, 2017
    A stunning historical site you should not miss if you visit Phnom Penh for the first time. This mountainous pagoda has a big history link to the founding of Phnom Penh. It's also used as a central for measuring road distances to other provinces. I could feel fresh when you get up there.
  • March 18, 2017
    A sacred with so much history behind. Wat Phnom stands a symbol of Phnom Penh city. I love this place. It served as both spiritual and rehabilitation place for people...
  • June 9, 2017
    Foreigners pay $1 USD entrance fee which is ok but the wat really has not much going for it. Skip this if you have other activities in PP.
  • June 6, 2017
    Must see at night! Very peaceful, not as large or majestic as I would have thought.

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