Posted by: travelrat | February 25, 2020

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom 2

Phnom Penh: 12th November 2019

I wonder if this was planned deliberately?  From the harrowing horror of the Genocide Museum, we were taken to the peace of the Wat Phnom temple. It was built as far back as 1373, and stands on a hilltop, which is the highest point of the city that gives its name to the temple.

Now, I’m not a Buddhist … I don’t know much about Buddhism, even. But, I do find that Buddhist temples convey an air of peace and tranquillity. And, of course, they’re always dominated by a statue … or statues … of the Buddha himself, looking down, usually with a benevolent smile on his face.

If this was a Christian church or cathedral, I’d be using words like ‘over-egging the pudding’, but here, the decoration and the clutter of offerings and suchlike seems just right. And, the people! It’s most important to remember that people come here to pray, not just to ‘see the sight’.

That, I think, is what appealed so much. Unlike a lot of religious establishments we’ve seen, many of which just seem to be laid out for visitors to admire.

Wat Phnom 1


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