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Wat Phnom

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Address: Street 96 | Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Description: A standard Southeast Asian temple.
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Beautiful temple with ornate paintings and statuary. Also a very interesting giant clock in the garden below.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Beautiful temple with ornate paintings and statuary. Also a very interesting giant clock in the garden below.

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Tianjin, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Ok, let's be honest, there isn't too much to see in Phnom Penh. But a visit to the temple that gave the city its name is kind of a must. A bunch of children awaited us sitting on the stairs up to the temple, begging. It was heartbreaking. But that isn't way I didn't really like the Hill. When we... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This oldest Wat in Phnom Penh is worth seeing though yesterday when I was there it was particularly interesting because of the Chinese New Year's celebrations.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It was very neat. All the old statues, and the temple. There are monkeys there. At night you can hear million cicadas. For me the downside was the LED lights and neon in the temple. We were asked several times to pay a dollar to go up. Make sure it is the legit person. Around the base there was many... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Driving around the city one comes across a hilltop with the tallest religious temple in Phnom Penh. Dating back to the 13th century the Wat Phnom is called as the Mountain Pagoda. As the story goes a wealthy widow called Pehn found four bronze statues of Lord Buddha. She then went ahead to create the artificial hill to protect the... More 

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Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not an amazing site but a pleasant site to visit in the heart of phnom penh, note there are birds you can "free", be aware these birds return to the cages to be released again. Dunno if its cruel or not but i suspect wis.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the main temple on what seems to be the only hill in Phnom Penh. The name of the City I believe comes from this hill, giving it more significance. It is a pleasant walk through pretty gardens and winding rock steps to the top. You can walk around the temple, it is only small, and even go in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is one of the highest areas in Phnom Penh. Spend a bit if time walking around the Wat and take in the atmosphere. there are a lot of trees and a large grassy area to relieve the heat of the day. Walk up to the top and inspect the Wat. A night time visit is not recommended. Do not... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It is only $1, and that dollar goes to charity, however we bought our tickets and watched numerous people walk straight up without one. We felt a little cheated by that. The temple is a bit run down and unimpressive, although the buddha inside was decent for 3mins. It's a 20min walk from the flags along the Quay but wasn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The temple was built here because 'Lady Penh' supposedly retrieved four statues of Buddha from the roots of a tree floating in the Tonle Sap River. She carried them to a grassy knoll where a temple was built to house them and coincidentally giving the city its name. the temple is small but quite interesting and it has a small... More 

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