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Wat Phnom

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The fulcrum of Phnom Penh’s north, the story goes that Wat Phnom is the hill from which the capital city drew its name.

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According to the legend, a Khmer woman, Daun Penh, was dawdling by the riverbank one day when she noticed four Buddha statues inside a tree. She rooted the statues out and the first pagoda was built here in 1373 in order to house them. People have been coming here ever since to pray for good luck and success in business or school.

A leafy enclave. Photo taken in or around Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

A leafy enclave. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Today the well-shaded artificial hill—at a diminutive 27 metres high, it is nonetheless the only hill in Phnom Penh—sits at the centre of a roundabout and has a bit of a lively, day out atmosphere to it, with a giant clock built into the hillside, numerous hawkers ambling around, and families with kids strolling and enjoying ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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