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“One of the Oldest Wats in Phnom Penh”
Review of Wat Sarawan

Wat Sarawan
Ranked #61 of 121 things to do in Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh
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20 reviews
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“One of the Oldest Wats in Phnom Penh”
Reviewed 27 June 2012

Located between Norodom and Street 19, and streets 172 and 178, Wat Sarawan is one of the oldest Wats in Phnom Penh. There is a single standing Prasat (tower) that is over 100 years old in the center of the complex. In addition to the Prasat, there are quite a few other photo opportunities. It is home for plenty of monks as well as impoverished people looking for shelter. There is also a dragon boat housed on the premises which makes its appearance in the boat races every year. The best time to go is early in the morning when the sun is just coming up. You will get a nice shot of the red Prasat against a blue sky. It is also very active around Pchum Ben and many other Khmer Holidays.

Visited June 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“good wat to see”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

again not one of the best wats you will see in your life but is worth checking out if you are in the area

Visited April 2012
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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“Good place to visit on tourist trail.”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

Did this as part of a few days of doing the cultural thing. Great to see, and will show the usual photos to friends when i get back home. After the amount of Wats I've been to over the past few days, they seem to be running into each other.

Visited April 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Quiet majesty”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Wat Sarawan is another Phnom Penh’s religious complexes, rather than a single building or temple. The complex is walled, but the gates are wide open during the day. Without anything written in English, or obvious guides or staff, it can be a bit disconcerting, but just take the plunge and go for a walk around the grounds – the monks or locals will gently let you know if you go where you shouldn’t, but a bit of simple respect should see you right.
The Wat Sarawan complex was obviously undergoing some serious renovations during my visit, but it was still a calm and peaceful oasis in the heart of Phnom Penh. In amongst the temple buildings were some classical French-style buildings. Monks went about their daily routines without giving me a second glance, and there was a pleasant, genuine atmosphere in the place – this is not a fake, tourist show but rather a genuine temple complex at work. An interesting site in the middle of Phnom Penh and a relaxing place to spend an hour or so.

Visited January 2012
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