Wat Phnom Pagoda

Wat Phnom Pagoda

Wat Phnom pagoda was built in 1373 by a rich widow named Daun Penh. The special thing about Wat Phnom is that it located in a 27m human-made hill, the pagoda is the highest point in the city and also is the supreme religious works. Legend has it that Wat Phnom is tied to the beginning of Phnom Penh. In 1372, Daun Penh caught a floating tree which contains 4 Buddha statues inside in the river. Therefore, she made a 27m hill (hill means Phnom) and built a small pagoda (Wat) in the area that now is known as Wat Phnom. Later, the surrounding area is named after the hill (Phnom) and its creator (Penh) which combined is Phnom Penh.

Since the latest rebuilt in 1926, several valuable items were added into the pagoda such as the largest stupa containing the ashes of King Ponhea Yat, who moved the capital of Khmer Empire from Angkor to Phnom Penh. In addition, Wat Phnom is the festival center of Cambodia especially in New Year and Pchum Benh festival. Nowadays, Wat Phnom is not only a famous destination to foreigners but also is a sacred place that Cambodian from many where come to pray for luck and success in school exams or in business affairs.

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