Temple of the Lotus Blossoms

Attraction Oknha Suor Srun Street 7, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:00 AM
09:00 AM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
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Temple of the Lotus Blossoms was first built in 1442 by King Ponhea Yat. It is one of the important temples in Phnom Penh where historically many rich politicians' and prominent monks' body were buried.

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Why Temple of the Lotus Blossoms is special ?

Established by King Ponhea Yat in 1442 (1986 B.E.), Wat Botum is one of the most important and original pagodas in Phnom Penh.The wat was originally named Wat Khpop Ta Yang or Wat Tayawng and at the time of the construction of the Royal Palace in the 1860s when the pagoda changed to the Dhammayut sect, it was renamed Botum Wathei by monk Kantie Topodae after a former lotus pond on the site. Numerous politician and eminent persons of the city are buried here.[4] Also, many prominent Cambodian monks have been ordained at the wat. You Bo and the Khmer Writers' Association have their headquarters at the wat.

What to explore at Temple of the Lotus Blossoms?

The You Bo and Khmer writer Association's headquarter are located here. It is nearby the Royal Palace and Cambodia-Vietnam Monument. Come in through the back gate on street 19 after visiting the National Museum. From the back gate, you can see many homeless Cambodians sleeping nearby the gate. The temple is colorful and newly painted. There are several residence houses inside the compound. In front of the Temple, there are many colorful stupa to commemorate important politicians and monks of Cambodia.

Selling points

  • “Beautiful, serene and very special wat”
  • “Big temple complex”
  • “Temple attraction”
  • “Off the tourist trail”
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Oknha Suor Srun Street 7, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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  • The are no ticket offices, no entry fee and no guards watching your every move
  • It's also known as Wat Botum Vathey
  • It is located to the south of the Royal Palace of Cambodia, on the western side of Wat Botum Park.


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Wat Botum, or the Temple of the Lotus Blossoms, is a big complex with several separate temple buildings, stupas and other buildings, including a school. While there were no signs in English, the gates were open so I took a walk through. Expect to see monks at rest in the complex, going about their business or just sitting in shadow out of the daytime heat. It was an interesting and stress-free insight into a Cambodian temple. Well worth a look, especially as Wat Botum is nice and close to the Royal Palace. The are no ticket offices, no entry fee and no guards watching your every move - a nice change!

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