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.Take 5 (Click the number for info of entire trip)

This is another part of my report of the trek toward Chong Kneas that will be a multi-day posting that we hope to be helpful to those who plan to follow our steps.

Finally, we arrived the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia after the distance of 237km from Saigon.

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Welcome to Phnom Penh!
(click for Phnom Penh map)

This is Wat Phnom, or "Hill Temple," built upon an artificial hill. It is the cradle of the city of Phnom Penh ("Penh's Hill") that was founded in 1373.

Actually, Wat Phnom is a historical and one of the most important pagoda located in Phnom Penh. It stands at 27 meters (100 feet) and is by far the tallest religious structure in the city. Built by the wealthy widow Daun Chi Penh found sacred Buddhist objects in the nearby river and placed them here on the small hill, after a great flood washed statues of Buddha downstream, the hill later became a temple. Phnom Penh, the name of the city, means "Penh's Hill." There have been many additions to the original shrines over the centuries; the last major restoration taking place in 1926. The largest stupa houses the ashes of King Ponhea Yat and it's the center of celebration for the city during Khmer New Year, and Pchum Benh.

While phnom meaning "hill" in Khmer, legend has it that Phnom Penh was named after this small hill above the surrounding plain. Though the Wat is by no means the biggest or most impressive in Phnom Penh, it is a focus for the city, particularly during Khmer New Year when crowds gather to celebrate and cover each other in water and talcum powder. The large stupa to the west of the vihear (central sanctuary) contains remains of King Ponhea Yat (1405-1467).

Wat Phnom itself is a standard Southeast Asian wat, with Naga snakes on the cornered peaks of the roof and murals of the Buddha's life in day-glow allegories along interior walls.


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