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Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh

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A landmark in the history of Cambodian Buddhism and the country’s current headquarters of the religion, Wat Ounalom stands as one of the oldest of the five pagodas in the country. Unearth the rich history of the estate, established in 1443, consisting of 44 buildings, and originally built to enshrine an eyebrow hair of Lord Buddha. Wind your way around the main temple, learning the teachings of the Buddhist philosophy, finding out about its previous inhabitants of 500 monks, and understanding the horrific desecration of the temple during the Cambodian genocide. Find the eyebrow hair remarkably still preserved in a small shrine behind the main temple. Put Wat Ounalom on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Phnom Penh online day trip planner.
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  • Wat Ounalom, one of the five original Pagodas in Phnom Penh, dating back to the early 1400’s. Nowadays, the HQ for Cambodian Buddhism where monks receive their training. The Khmer Rouge Regime... 
    Wat Ounalom, one of the five original Pagodas in Phnom Penh, dating back to the early 1400’s. Nowadays, the HQ for Cambodian Buddhism where monks receive their training. The Khmer Rouge Regime...  more »
  • This temple is on a road divide near to the river, so set back from the river road. There is no entry fee or even organised entrance you just wander in. There are a few pagodas and a gold temple. It.....  more
    This temple is on a road divide near to the river, so set back from the river road. There is no entry fee or even organised entrance you just wander in. There are a few pagodas and a gold temple. It.....  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit if you have some time. It's easy to find and worth taking your camera along. Admission is FREE!
  • Due to Covid, the temple is not open. As there are less visitors than usual, it still is a nice place to have a rest.

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