Wat Phnom Yat

Hilltop temple

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What we say: 2.5 stars

If you've got a little time on your hands, a visit to Wat Phnom Yat, a nearby hilltop temple, is a good way to spend an hour or so.

The gruesome series of statues are quite fascinating, as they depict sinners being severely punished. "The liar" is having his tongue removed, two unfortunate law-breakers are about to be boiled alive and "the adulterous couple" are climbing up a spiky tree in the nude, ouch! Behind all the gruesome fun lies a much older pagoda that was built by Burmese migrants. Enjoy the great views of the city and surrounding countryside from here.

On foot, Wat Khaong Kang is just a minute's walk away from the entrance to Wat Phnom Yat, but it is less interesting to the casual visitor, except perhaps for the long gate's representation of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk.

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On the hill at the southeast edge of Pailin City
Last updated: 6th December, 2010

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