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Address: Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: 855 23 72 3949
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Modest in size but steeped in history

Close to such attractions as the royal palace and national museum, Wat Ounalom can be easily overlooked. But it is well worth a visit. A center of Cambodian Buddhism, it has a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
KC C
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Close to such attractions as the royal palace and national museum, Wat Ounalom can be easily overlooked. But it is well worth a visit. A center of Cambodian Buddhism, it has a history of several hundred years. Damaged by the Khmer rouge, it has been beautifully restored. Not all of the buildings are open though.

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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful Wat, located just off the Riverside area. A wander through the grounds and the monks quarters is a welcome respite from the noise and traffic of the rest of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice architecture though I would recommend only going if you're nearby. Not really worth its own trip. The tuk tuk drivers out front were particularly pesky; with multiple polite no's and no thank yous before they would stop pestering me with there details of tours.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Wat Ounalom allows insight into the spiritual teachings, philosophies and history of Buddhism in Cambodia. Perhaps the most prominent and oldest of five pagodas in the country, Wat Ounalom is the centre of Cambodian Buddhism and serves as the abode of the Patriarch of the Mahanikai School of Buddhism. As the name indicates, King Ponhea Yat -... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you only have time to visit one place in Phnom Penh, make it here! It's attractively situated in the river front area. We were lucky when we visited because the monks were celebrating some kind of reunion of three separate groups, and following a ritual service with captivating chanting.

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Kathmandu, null, Nepal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only is this a lovely Pagoda, with moving Memorial stones to a Japanese reporter and others who perished during Cambodia's terrible civil war, but a small shrine at the back holds a most sacred relic of the Buddha. One of the defining characteristics of a Buddha is a coiled tuft of hair between his eyebrows. One such hair is... More 

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Roeselare, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

More to do in Phnom Penh are nothing much, but if you wandered you will always find something to do. The Sisowath Quay is one of the place in Phnom Penh where I love to stroll. Along this way to find the most stunning sights in Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace and this Temple are next to each other, you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After you have finished at the Royal Palace, continue along the waterfront and pop Ito Wat Ounalum. It has been refurbished quite a few times over the years so it can feel a little 'bling bling', but it has a genuine community of worshippers and monks.

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Thank highburychampion
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't intend to visit this temple, but came across it on our way to the royal palace, it looked so beautiful from outside that we had to go in. The buildings are just beautiful, thousands of buddhist and cambodian flags flapping in all directions, beautifuly adorned bells and buddhas. So glad we found this gem.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is an extremely nice temple well worth a visit there is no entrance fees and it has some beutifull statues dotted around the yard.

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