Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Cambodia  /  Phnom Penh  /  Wat Ounalom

Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh

#5 of 15 in Historic Sites in Phnom Penh
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
A landmark in the history of Cambodian Buddhism and the country’s current headquarters of the religion, Wat Ounalom stands as one of the oldest of the five pagodas in the country. Unearth the rich history of the estate, established in 1443, consisting of 44 buildings, and originally built to enshrine an eyebrow hair of Lord Buddha. Wind your way around the main temple, learning the teachings of the Buddhist philosophy, finding out about its previous inhabitants of 500 monks, and understanding the horrific desecration of the temple during the Cambodian genocide. Find the eyebrow hair remarkably still preserved in a small shrine behind the main temple. Put Wat Ounalom on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Phnom Penh online day trip planner.
Create an itinerary including Wat Ounalom
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Wat Ounalom reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
479 reviews
  • Wat Ounalom, one of the five original Pagodas in Phnom Penh, dating back to the early 1400’s. Nowadays, the HQ for Cambodian Buddhism where monks receive their training. The Khmer Rouge Regime...  more »
  • This temple is on a road divide near to the river, so set back from the river road. There is no entry fee or even organised entrance you just wander in. There are a few pagodas and a gold temple. It.....  more »
  • The temple is amazing and so beautiful. It is better than Golden temple or monkey temple. Golden temple and monkey temple are ripe off places( Have to avoid those temple)🤑🤑🤑🤑👿👿👿. One more thing, please stay a way from message ($3 or $5). Massage scam ! 🤢🤢🤢
  • Don't know the history but it's a beautiful monastery, you can go inside unhindered as long as you take off your shoes, the monks can pray for you and you can donate should you wish so.

Plan your trip to Phnom Penh

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.