When in Cambodia: Ounalom Temple in Phnom Penh

 
There's this beautiful temple called Wat Ounalom that sits across the riverside Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh. Actually, I chanced upon this temple by accident after walking around one morning, with my hostel just a few steps away from it.



It's a complex with several interesting Buddhist structures inside. A highlight is the main stupa that's said to have an eyebrow hair (ounalom) of Buddha. In the 70s, around 500 monks including the top and well-respected ones used to lived here. It also had a library with a huge collection on Buddhism. However, due to Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot, it got destroyed and took some time to get renovated.

Now, it stands not only as a religious site but also an architectural and historic attraction among tourists. In fact, Wat Ounalom is near the Royal Palace so most people take this as a side trip. 


Across the road is a small park where the elderly exercise every morning. It's part of Sisowath Quay, a stretch of sidewalk facing the Tonle Sap River. 
Wat Ounalom (Ounalom Temple)
Address: Ly Yoak Lay Street (172), Phom Penh, Cambodia 12000
Opening hours: 6:00am - 06:00pm
Entrance is free.




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