Wat Phnom, Phnom penh

Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh the namesake and symbol of the capital city of Phnom Penh, sets prominently atop an artificial 88.5 ft (27 meter) hill (or 'Phnom') near the Tonle Sap River in the northeast section of the city. Legend relates that Daun (Grandmother or Lady) Penh, a wealthy widow, found a large koki tree in the river. She hoped to use it for a house, but inside a hollow of the tree she found four bronze statues of the Buddha (and possibly a stone statue of Vishnu); she erected a small shrine on the site to protect them. Eventually this became a sacred site and sanctuary where people would make wishes and pray for good luck and for success in school or business. Another account of the founding of the wat suggests King Ponhea Yat (r. 1405-67), built the sanctuary (vihara or vihear) when he moved his capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh in 1422. The prominent stupa immediately west of the sanctuary, or vihara (vihear) contains the ashes of the king.

See More Attractions in Phnom Penh

Handicdraft Centre Mekong Island
Phnom Penh

Handicdraft Centre Mekong Island

Handicraft center is located at Koh Dach Commune, Muk Kampool District at the middle of Mekong River. The commune of Koh Dach has 12 ... read more

Phnom Odong
Phnom Penh

Phnom Odong

Phnom Udong is located in Psar Dek and Phnom Bat communes, Ponhea Leu district, about 41 kilometers north of Phnom Penh. The city drops ... read more

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Phnom Penh

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a museum in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The site is a former high school which was used as the ... read more

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh

Royal Palace Phnom Penh

Situated on the site of the former Citadel, it was built by King Norodom in 1866 on the banks of the Mekong River. Inside its gleaming ... read more

River Cruises Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh

River Cruises Phnom Penh

Short river cruises and sunset cruises along the Phnom Penh riverfront are easy to arrange and offer an interesting view of the city. A ... read more

Koh Dach, Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh

Koh Dach, Phnom Penh

Koh Dach, Phnom Penh is an island about 15km north of Phnom Penh on the Mekong River. There are two reasons to visit this 30 square ... read more