Thursday, 8 November 2007

WAT PHNOM

“Phnom” means “hill”. Ironically Phnom Penh is quite flat.

There is one hill which now has a “wat” (temple) built on it. Wat Phnom as it is called was apparently built in 1373 when an old lady called Penh found some Buddha statues near the river. From there a city formed around Wat Phnom of Penh.


Today its used as a temple, and is also a popular place to visit for fun.




Last year, when I first got to Cambodia I found I really missed beign able to go for a walk. The weather, traffic and roads are really good for strolling around. I lived near Wat Phnom though, so it was a nice place to walk, lots of greeness and shade as you can see from the photos.


Although, there are lots of monkeys jumping around everywhere. On the ground, in the trees etc, so it doesn't make for a very restful stroll.



Most of these photos I took around the bottom of the huge round-about like thing. But you can also walk up the hill and see the temple at the top. But I was more interested in the greeness!





There are many people sellings all kinds of things.


At the front there is a huge clock in the grass. You can kind of see it in these photos.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like all these photos Katherine. Glad you have a place to walk and look at leaves and get some RnR. Also, the water tips were very useful - were they written from personal experience?

Love,
Christine