Call Now: +855 88 555 999 8
Home > Cambodia


 

Cambodia » Phnom Penh » Wat Phnom (Wat Phnom Daun Penh)

Wat Phnom (Wat Phnom Daun Penh)

Wat Phnom, the namesake and symbol of the capital city of Phnom Penh, sets prominently atop an artificial 27 meter hill (or 'Phnom') in the northeastern section of the city. Legend has it that Daun Penh, a wealthy widow, retrieved a large koki tree trunk from the river. She had hoped to use it for a house, but inside a hollow of the trunk, she found four statues of the Buddha. She then ordered for a section of her property to be elevated for a small shrine to be erected to revere the statues. This became a sacred site and people started to settle around the hill; eventually, this became the city it now is. It is here that the city gets its name: ‘Phnom’ means hill in Khmer and ‘Penh’ is of course the name of the lady.

Later, King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463), built the sanctuary (Vihear) here when he moved his capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh in 1422. The prominent stupa immediately west of the sanctuary or vihara (vihear) contains the ashes of the late king.

The sanctuary itself has been renovated frequently. There are numerous other shrines and other activities on or at the base of the hill. There are gardens that the French laid out in the late nineteenth century and shrines that reflect Taoist, Confucian, Hindu beliefs and one especially of Vietnamese interests reflected in the shrine to Preah Chau.

 Cambodia Tours  Vietnam Tours  Myanmar Tours  Thailand Tours  Laos Tours
Cambodia Classic Vietnam Classic Myanmar Classic Thailand Classic Laos Classic
Cambodia Golf Vietnam Golf Myanmar Golf Thailand Golf Laos Golf
Cambodia Cruise Vietnam Cruise Myanmar Cruise Thailand Cruise Laos Cruise

Cambodia Hotels 

Vietnam Hotels

Myanmar Hotels

Thailand Hotels

Laos Hotels

Siem Reap Hotels Ho Chi Minh City Hotels Bagan Hotels Bangkok Hotels Luang Prabang Hotels
Phnom Penh Hotels Dalat Hotels INLE Hotels Pattaya Hotels Vientiane Hotels
Sihanouk Ville Hotels Danang Hotels Mandalay Hotels Koh Samui Hotels Pakse Hotels
Kep Hotels Ha Noi Hotels Yagon Hotels Chaing Mai Hotels Vientiane Hotels
Battambong Hotels Halong Bay Hotels Naypyidaw Hotels Phuket Hotels Savannakhet Hotels 
Kampong Thom Hotels Can Tho Hotels Mawlamyaing Hotels Nonthaburi City Hotels Xam Neua Hotels  
Change Website Skin Here:     
Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Facebook Page  Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Google+  Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Twitter  Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Linkedin  Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Blogger  Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Instagram  Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Pinterest  Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Flickr  Amazing Angkor Travel & Tours Youtube  

Tel: +855 637 603 98 (Head office)
Mobile: +855 97 960 88 99
          +855 88 555 99 98
E-mail: info@amazingangkortour.com
          gm@amazingangkortour.com
My status My status


A value is required.
A value is required.
A value is required.
Validation Code:
   Refresh