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“Wat Phnom After Dark”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom
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US$89.00*
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Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour Half Day
Ranked #11 of 117 things to do in Phnom Penh
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Owner description: A standard Southeast Asian temple.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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“Wat Phnom After Dark”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

The Buddhist Temple Wat Phnom is situated about three kilometers from
the Royal Palace. Wat Phnom is a heavily forested circular shaped park
in the middle of stereotypical 3rd World urban blight. It’s a
spiritual refuge for the city dwellers during the day.
Once the sunsets, Wat Phnom switches gears: it changes from a
meditative place for worship to a cursing spot for impoverished
working girls just off the farm and a gaggle of glittery Lady-boys
looking for transient trysts and some thank-you dollars.
Wat Phnom metamorphosis from the spiritual to the carnal; from the pious to the prurient is daily or nightly depending how you look at it.
Caution: be aware that when night falls all kinds of lowlife hang-out
in the Wat Phnom environs. Stroll at your own risk.

Visited May 2014
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“Calming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

Paid a dollar and visited Wat Phnom. It is a peaceful place to see the locals praying. You can walk freely along the pathway of the gardens where you will see the locals relaxing, dogs walking around, giant clock and enjoy the lovely trees around there.

Visited July 2014
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“not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

The Wat for which the city was named- tranquil and lovely-and you can see the "in your face" U.S. embassy right there too!

Visited July 2014
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“wat phnom.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Cool place with trees and glass covered everywhere...in the central of the city. You can rest after a hard day visiting other places in the city.

Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Peaceful spot in busy city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

This is a peaceful oasis in busy Phnom Penh. Locals come here to bring offerings and prey for good luck. As Phnom Penh is relatively flat, this temple, being on a small hill, is pretty unique. Locals get in free but there is a $1 charge for foreigners however if you just walk around the outside footpath you can easily step over the low hung chain and enter the site easily. At the bottom of the steps you may encounter beggars and people selling drinks. Also it's a haunt for children trying to con you into paying to set a bird free (they are actually trained to fly back to the cage) but they are not pushy and don't cause annoyance. Once you climb the steps and reach the pagoda, it's a very serene spot in a bustling city.

Visited July 2014
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