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Wat Sarawan

Street 19, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ranked #26 of 47 Attractions in Phnom Penh
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Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Wat Saranam is tucked in by 172 Street, a very busy buzzy little strip. It's a working temple with monks wondering around and people going about their daily business. All very matter of fact. One of the pagodas there is very old and I enjoyed the juxtaposition with that and adjacent street life. Not quarantined bling like the Royal Palace.... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

At some point all the temples in Phnom Penh start to look the same. I like this one because its in a hectic part of the city and once you step inside its walls, all that disappears. The monks and those who support them are very pleasant and accommodating. Good place to practice you photos skills.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This was a nice 15 minute visit right outside our hotel. You can enter from the north or south gate and there is no fee. The main building is the most ornate and the surrounding buildings house mini worship areas a that also appear to be classrooms. These are most likely not for tourists. The main temple is small but... More

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Oviedo, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

A small temple with a beautiful architecture. Not on your main list with attractions but it will worth your time. The entrance is free and you will be able to take a glance at monks’ life. You won’t find here any English guidance, but this is why is more interesting to explore it on your own. Lovely statues of elephants... More

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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled across this on the way to the Royal Palace. It seems the area where the Wat is located is populared with locals but they were very pleasant and helpful. Beautiful architecture and well worth a stop even if only for a short time

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Perth
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361 attraction reviews
257 helpful votes 257 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This wat is OK if you passing, I wouldn't go out of my way to stop here as it's just a typical wat despite it is quite interesting to see the renovation and how live goes on inside of the wat.

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New York City, New York
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36 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

it was confusing if this Temple was open to the public as it seems monks and local people live here - we didn't see an actual Temple

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South Padre Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Wat Sarawan is small but very attractive and clean. The Buddhist architecture is exquisite, and complemented by numerous statues of all sorts of things (women, horsemen, elephants, etc.) Entry is free and located on the North side. I only spent about 30 minutes visiting, because the temple is small. Convenient location near the riverfront tourist area (at about Street 172... More

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Phnom Penh
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4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Located between Norodom and Street 19, and streets 172 and 178, Wat Sarawan is one of the oldest Wats in Phnom Penh. There is a single standing Prasat (tower) that is over 100 years old in the center of the complex. In addition to the Prasat, there are quite a few other photo opportunities. It is home for plenty of... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

again not one of the best wats you will see in your life but is worth checking out if you are in the area

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