Wat Phnom Tour Guide
The tallest religious structure in Phnom Penh, Wat Phnom, is the temple, to which the city owes its name. According to legend, a wealthy lady, Daun Penh, found a hollow koki tree trunk floating on the Tonle Sap River. Upon inspection, she saw that it was hollow, but not empty, as there were 4 statue of Lord Buddha within it. She pulled it ashore and built a temple atop a small hillock to house the statues. Since then, the area surrounding the temple was called Phnom Penh or the Mountain of Penh.
Presently, the Wat Phnom temple is a major attraction for all visitors, tourists and locals alike. Lush green expanses, a small shrine dedicated to Daun Penh, the lady behind the foundation of Wat Phnom and a large stupa containing the ashes of King Ponhea Yat are some of the features that attract visitors to Wat Phnom.
The temple is also the venue of various religious ceremonies and celebrations during the Khmer New Year and other festivities. Its location by the riverside enhances the ambience. Just beware of the monkeys in search of unprotected items.