Wat Phnom: the Legend of Phnom Penh


Wat Phnom

Big Clock of Wat Phnom

I am sure you hear a lot of stories about the founding of Phnom Penh. There are many stories that talk on this history site.

This small hill, or phnom, at the northern end of Phnom Penh give’s Cambodia’s capital its name. Legend has it that a Khmer woman Penh was dawdling by the riverbank when she noticed four Buddha images floating by. She grabbed the lot of them and lugged them over to the hill, where a wat was built to house them.

There is another stories. another legend says that she is a nun. Some say she was a woman waiting for her loved one to return, who never did.

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

Lady Penh

Lady Penh

Today the well-shaded hill sits at the centre of a roundabout and has a bit of a fun-fair atmosphere to it, with a giant clock built into the hillside and numerous hawkers ambling around. A long staircase leads to the top of the hill, where you can check out this site and the view, which isn’t as great as you might expect. persistent lot of persistent beggars hang out here. Quite a few hustlers also prowl the area, so keep your wits about you. There are few homeless children as well as gangster monkeys who will have their eyes on your wallet, camera, or any appealing food or drink you leave hanging about.

around Wat Phnom

around Wat Phnom

King Norodom

King Norodom

look down from Temple on Wat Phnom

look down from Temple on Wat Phnom

Big Clock of Wat Phnom

Big Clock of Wat Phnom

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