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.
By Nicky Sullivan.
Last updated on 10th September, 2016.
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