Wat Phnom

This temple is located right in the center of the city. It is a small man-made hill, topped by a huge ancient Stupa and a Buddhist Monastery. Legend has it that in the year 1372 AD, a famous woman named Daun Penh had ordered for this hill to be built to respectfully revere five statues of the Buddha that were found inside the hole of a floating Koki (teak) tree trunk. Later, King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463) left the capital in Angkor and re-located his capital city to Phnom Penh (1422). The original name of Phnom Penh was Phnom Daun Penh in memory of the founder, but was often called Phnom Penh for short. From then on, this enchanting city has been known simply as Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom is covered with evergreen trees; some of these trees are very old and tall. The hill is a charming place that is always filled with the songs of many kinds of bird; chattering of monkeys and the occasional gentle roar of a lone elephant. Elephant ride is available for touring around the hill.

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