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Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh

3.3
#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Phnom Penh
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • We stopped here at night as part of Vespa tour. Looked amazing all lit up. Passed it the next day in daylight but didn't have same effect. Go st night  more »
  • Not bad, but there are many better things to do if you're on a tight time budget. If you have time to kill, it's worth it. Good views, nice position, don't miss the memorial and dioramas about the sto...  more »
  • The history around this place is interesting and it was lovely to walk around. We were told to look for the big clock so did go for a walk around the lower rim. When you are there you need to see this...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Must see at night! Very peaceful, not as large or majestic as I would have thought.

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Phnom Penh offers an impressive selection of accommodations, from budget-friendly guesthouses and economy hotels, to four- and five-star establishments charging steep prices for a blend of traditional hospitality and modern luxury. For most visitors on a limited budget, private guesthouses remain the best option, providing clean and comfortable rooms near the city's major attractions. Many cater specifically to foreign backpackers, featuring rooftop bars and offering nightly entertainment and organized activities.
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