This afternoon, we visited Wat Phnom, a Buddhist temple. It was built in 1372, and stands nearly 30m tall. It is the tallest religious structure in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. In fact, Wat Phnom is the central point of Phnom Penh. We are lucky that Wat Phnom was so close to our hotel; it was a roughly 10-minute walk in.
I learned that the sanctuary itself was rebuilt several times in the 19th century and again in 1926. The interior has an altar complex with a large bronze seated Buddha surrounded by other statues, flowers, candles and items of devotion and worship.
There were plenty of great photo opportunities.
We didn’t walk into the temple since no photos were allowed, and it was very busy/crowded and smoky with the burning of incense.
I don’t typically wear sunglasses, but the sun is ridiculously bright here and I’d hate to have squinty eyes in all my photos. Dad’s becoming a really good photographer and I really appreciate having him here for all these candid shots. 😎
Grandpa and I lounged around the pool again in the afternoon. When we come back tomorrow, he would like to drink fresh coconut water from a coconut, which we can order from the bar.
In the evening, we took a tuktuk to Khmer Surin, an authentic Cambodian restaurant.
Here, we enjoyed:
- fish amok (Goby fish in banana leaf)
- pineapple fried rice in a pineapple – this was my favourite part
- deep-fried seafood and vegetables with sweet chili sauce
- spicy chicken green curry
- sour lime coconut soup with mushrooms and shrimp
- chewy tapioca balls in coconut cream
- mango ice cream
- coconut ice cream in hot chocolate sauce
When we got home, I washed my hands in the bathroom and noticed something on the ground that, upon first glance, I’d assumed was a spider. It wasn’t – it was actually a teeny, tiny baby gecko!
What a peculiar and cute way to end the day. I really think those little geckos are too cute.
Plans for Tomorrow
- Russian Market
- Wat Langka
- Independence Monument
- Statue of King Father Norodum Sihanouk
- Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument
- Wat Ounalom
- Poolside Grandpa gets coconut drink
Lunch and Dinner Restaurants for Tomorrow
Have a beautiful, lovely afternoon, everyone 🙂