Wat Ounalom

Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh

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Sherpa591575
Phnom Penh, Cambodia147 contributions
Interesting Buddhist Pagoda
Aug 2020
Wat Ounalom, one of the five original Pagodas in Phnom Penh, dating back to the early 1400’s. Nowadays, the HQ for Cambodian Buddhism where monks receive their training. The Khmer Rouge Regime, 1975/79, attempted to destroy everything Buddhist & murdered the patriarch, Huot Tat, but with dedication much that was damaged has been restored. I want to say that, with so much history in this place, my presentation here is but an overview which I hope will whet the appetite, for in-depth research, for those who wish to learn more about Wat Ounalom’s 600 years existence.
My images cover a rather diverse selection from old structures & monuments to a contemporary gong styled dish with names & flags of the ASEAN nations: My personal favourite however, is the chariot & horses…
As I leave, I can see the statue of two warriors across the street, on Sisowath Quay, where I will turn left for the pleasant walk along the riverfront.
Written August 20, 2020
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Gerbra_10
Uxbridge, UK2,056 contributions
Pleasant
Feb 2020 • Couples
This temple is on a road divide near to the river, so set back from the river road. There is no entry fee or even organised entrance you just wander in. There are a few pagodas and a gold temple. It is not huge but a nice little wander. There are stray dogs and cats around the place. Similar to the Palace there is also restoration work going on too. Other than what we read in the tour guide we did not learn anything from the visit but it was pleasant.
Written February 27, 2020
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thehighroad
Los Angeles61 contributions
Beautiful wat; go early before the tour buses arrive
Jan 2020
We visited about 8:30am before all the tour buses and tourists arrived. It was beautiful and calm and we enjoyed walking around. Our timing was great for not having to deal with crowds and noise, but there weren't a whole lot of signs of life at the time. We saw a couple of monks wandering around, but otherwise there didn't seem to be much going on. I suspect had we gone earlier or later, more people (not tourists) would have been about.
Written February 11, 2020
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Phillip S
14 contributions
One of the four major Buddhist temples
Aug 2019
I lived in Phnom Penh 2002-2017 and taught English informally at the dormitories. House 7 was renovated but House 45 was a colonial relic. This Wat covers a city block. The monks and students are friendly and will show you around. They may even invite you to lunch. "Ounalom" is a hair of Buddha relic in a stupa on the grounds.
Written February 2, 2020
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Perry B
Hong Kong, China2,289 contributions
Incandescent beauty!
Jan 2020
This was one of my favourite Wats to have re-visited both this time and on earlier occasions. It was a total treat to be able to see the monks at prayer and going about their daily business, calmly swishing and sweeping in front of the Halls near the stupas with their bamboo brooms.
Written January 26, 2020
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KPR777
Raleigh, NC633 contributions
This wat is very colorful and impressive
Dec 2019
While there are many fantastic wats to explore in Phnom Penh, Wat Ounalom is one of the most colorful and impressive. From the amazing entrance gate, to the huge gong nearby, to the many ornate stupas on the property, to the temple itself, this wat is one not to miss when in Phnom Penh.
Written December 28, 2019
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Ogy Kovachev
Sofia, Bulgaria1,324 contributions
Meeting the holly Tep Vong
Nov 2019 • Friends
We were having an evening walk and passed by the temple where we had the chance to meet his holiness Tep Vong.

He is a Cambodian Buddhist monk, currently the Great Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia, known for his role in re-establishing the Cambodian monkhood after the Pol Pot period and for his links to dominant political leaders since the 1980s.

The temple is open 24h so you can pass by anytime.

Enjoy your time!
Written November 28, 2019
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alfie50
Southwold, UK2,514 contributions
Peaceful
Nov 2019 • Solo
I enjoyed wandering around this temple, it was very quiet with few people around, there is no admission charge for coming in here. Plenty to keep you occupied for an hour
Written November 22, 2019
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,511 contributions
Interesting statues
Sep 2019 • Solo
This temple is near the Grand Palace and also in front of the Quay. A nice temple with interesting statues and carvings.
Written October 21, 2019
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Jade C
Abingdon, UK24 contributions
Temple for an hour
Oct 2019 • Friends
We came across this temple when walking along the river. Free to enter, quiet & not full of tourists. We spent just short of an hour looking round, into the temple. Worth a look round if your in the area.
Written October 4, 2019
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