Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesCouples, Solo, Friends
Rank13 out of 103 attractions in Phnom Penh
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Reviews of Wat Phnom • 2
Set on top of a 27m-high, Wat Phnom is on the only ‘hill’ in town. They say it was discovered by Lady name Penh. Hence the city name Phnom Penh or 'Hill of Penh'.
The central spot of Phnom Penh, the Wat Phnom Temple is a Buddhist temple situated on top of an artificial hill and the tallest in the city, which means that there are a lot of stairs for one to climb. The temple was apparently built by a widow by the name of Penh, affectionately known as Grandmother Penh. Having spent a good amount of time on the hill and observing everything around me, I supposed that the adorable ginger cat continuously circling the shrine had some part of the deceased lady's soul latched onto her. The paintings inside are worth a sight and the entrance fee is 1 USD.