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“Nice to see wat's working”
Review of Wat Sarawan

Wat Sarawan
Ranked #60 of 133 things to do in Phnom Penh
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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Wat Saranam is tucked in by 172 Street, a very busy buzzy little strip. It's a working temple with monks wondering around and people going about their daily business. All very matter of fact. One of the pagodas there is very old and I enjoyed the juxtaposition with that and adjacent street life. Not quarantined bling like the Royal Palace. Worth a stroll through when you visit the strip at Street 162.

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

At some point all the temples in Phnom Penh start to look the same. I like this one because its in a hectic part of the city and once you step inside its walls, all that disappears. The monks and those who support them are very pleasant and accommodating. Good place to practice you photos skills.

1  Thank Emmyx2
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Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

This was a nice 15 minute visit right outside our hotel. You can enter from the north or south gate and there is no fee. The main building is the most ornate and the surrounding buildings house mini worship areas a that also appear to be classrooms. These are most likely not for tourists.

The main temple is small but intricate. When we visited, a monk was sitting inside and was very friendly and talkative. It turns out he has a BA in English literature. Suggest you give the monk alms (a few dollars) and he will pray over the offering. It's a lovely experience to listen to him pray over it.

The Wat grounds are full of monks and locals but it is by no means crowded. There is construction on the property, but not on the main building. The best time to go is the morning as the sunlight illuminates all the ornate decor.

2  Thank GlobalTravelSD
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

A small temple with a beautiful architecture. Not on your main list with attractions but it will worth your time. The entrance is free and you will be able to take a glance at monks’ life. You won’t find here any English guidance, but this is why is more interesting to explore it on your own. Lovely statues of elephants and horsemen all around complements the architecture. It will take less than 30 minutes to visit this place due to its size, but it’s a nice experience.

1  Thank EdmundUFrenchTasic
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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Stumbled across this on the way to the Royal Palace. It seems the area where the Wat is located is populared with locals but they were very pleasant and helpful. Beautiful architecture and well worth a stop even if only for a short time

2  Thank kiwi_dude_39
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