Indochina tour to Wat Phnom in Cambodia1288
Participating in Indochina package tours, visitors will have the chance to discover beautiful destinations of 3 Indochina countries: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Of which, Wat Phnom in Cambodia is one of the most interesting attractions visitors should drop by in their trip.
Wat Phnom is a historic temple and one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh. This is the sacred temple attracting pilgrims from all over the country and is the interesting sightseeing spot of visitors in Indochina tour. The pagoda was built in 1373. Located at a height of 27 m above the surrounding, it is the highest point in the city and also the highest religious works. The pagoda was built on an artificial hill by Daun Penh, a wealthy widow, after a great flood had washed away the Buddha statue to here.
According to the legend, the advent of Wat Phnom associated with the beginnings of Phnom Penh. It is said that in 1372, Ms. Penh (Yea Penh) fished a driftwood tree on the river. Inside the driftwood tree is four Buddha statues. She gave up a hill (Phnom means the hill) and built a small temple (Wat) in this area that is now known as Wat Phnom. Afterward, the surrounding area is called after the hill (Phnom) and the creator (Penh), hence it named Phnom Penh. The present temple was last rebuilt in 1926. There are many categories added in the last centuries. The biggest tower containing King Ponhea Yats bones (1421 -1462), who moved the capital of the Khmer Empire from Angkor to Phnom Penh. The temple is also the center festival of the city in the New Year and Pchum Benh holiday.
The temple has two directions to visit; visitors visiting the temple will enter a road and go down another road. The road leading to the temple is not high; the front of the road has the Naga basilisk statue and two lions - familiar animals in Cambodian belief. These mascots are seen most in Angkor temple complex. The part of the temple above the hill is like most temples in Cambodia. Behind the temple was used to worship Ms. Penh and God of Wealth a God according to the Chinese belief.
The white tower rebuilt behind Penh Statue was used to contain the remains of King Ponhea Yat - special image that can be seen from far away tower. The road going down is the small square. Here, there is King Ponhea Yat statue. Under the temple is a clock that was donated by Chinese people. Currently, this clock still works well. When visiting the temple in Indochina tours, visitors should not wear a short sleeve shirt, when worshiping Ms. Penh; visitors should not worship for the grace.