Photo: Downtown Kompong Thom.

Wat Kompong Thom

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The eponymously named Wat Kompong Thom is the largest in town.

Photo of Wat Kompong Thom

Also known as Wat Indrisamvora, a high wall hides much of it from street level view, though it is definitely worth a peek inside.

There’s a large collection of very gaudy statues depicting scenes from Buddhist mythology scattered around the grounds and a large bright yellow main worshipping hall, but some of the associated temple buildings such as the library are the most spectacular, displaying such elaborate architecture you’d think the designers had employed Gaudi himself as a consultant.

The temple dates from the 17th century, though much of what you see is obviously of more recent date. It won’t hold your attention for more than a few minutes, but you’ll get a couple of great photos out of a visit, and its location a short distance after the bridge in the direction of Siem Reap means it’s also on the way to the town’s museum.

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