Wat Langka

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Photo of Wat Langka, , Phnom Penh

What we say: 2.5 stars

One of the more prominent wats in Phnom Penh thanks to its location off Sihanouk Boulevard near the Independence Monument, Wat Langka is really of only passing interest to the typical traveller, although it is an historically important temple for Cambodians and a popular one for VIP ceremonies of various kinds. You can tell when something VIPish is happening as they'll close the roads in the area, causing complete chaos. Toward the rear of the compound, by the entrance on Pasteur Street, note the beautiful cannonball flowers growing out of the tree trunks which resemble giant Venus flytraps. Khmers are suspicious of these flowers and allow them to grow only at temples and the Royal Palace. It is believed a broth made from their petals is a helpful tonic for pregnant women. The monastery is said to have originally housed an order from Sri Lanka -- hence the name.

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Sihanouk Blvd (also accessible from Pasteur St), Phnom Penh
Last updated: 22nd November, 2015

About the author:
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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Sihanouk Blvd (also accessible from Pasteur St), Phnom Penh
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