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“Whats Wat.... Wats What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Review of Wat Ounalom

Wat Ounalom
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Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour
Ranked #15 of 121 things to do in Phnom Penh
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Whats Wat.... Wats What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

Been to this Wat numerous times during my 10 day stay at Phnom Penh (and still here waiting for New Year to come along). It's fortunate for me, that by chance, my guesthouse is very close to this Wat, probably a 3 minutes walk.
Love everything about Buddhism, so this Wat is ideal for me. Friendly Monks, always willing to speak English; great ground staff. This Wat is made up of 44 buildings, all housed within it's own perimeter wall - access is via 3 open gates and it's free of charge.
Some great buildings and many areas to sit and chill out, watching the Monks go about their business. If you read this before you go, please be respectful towards this Wat (and any other for that matter). The "look at me, my shorts are so short thay are up my bottom" and the "it's too hot to wear anything but a vest top" looks are pretty much crass when it comes to religious areas in any country.

Visited April 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 21 March 2012

It's pretty much like any other Wat until you go around back. There is a building with a little door. A lady sitting on a chair will let you in to a smoky little room where the relic around which the Wat is built. Under the Buddha statue is one of Buddha's eyebrow hairs. You can't see the actual hair, but she'll show you where it's kept.

Visited March 2012
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“Of more symbolic interest than anything else”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Unlike the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, this nearby Wat was ransacked by the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot so most of what you can see is either new or repaired. It is, however, the headquarters of Cambodian Buddhism and it is easy to find a knowledgeable and English speaking monk or lay helper to tell you its story. They will also unlock a door in the stupa behind the Wat so you can see the altar that sits on top of what is supposed to be an eyelash of the Buddha - the countries greatest religious treasure! No fee but you are encouraged to leave a donation.

Visited March 2012
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Masterpiece”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

Actually was more impressed with this the de Royal Palace. Very impressive buildings and temples.

Visited November 2011
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Corlette, Australia
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“Peacefull”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

This is a lovely wat to walk around including the surrounding area as the monks live here. the monks were very friendly and showed us around.

Visited February 2012
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