Cambodia follow Theravada Buddhism as their religion. Throughout its religious history many pagodas have been built right throughout the nation. Depending on the country and culture of influence, pagodas take different shapes and outlooks. Nevertheless all pagodas are used as memorials, places of worship or tombs.
Among the many prominent pagodas in Cambodia one of the most notable is the Wat Botum. This original and famous pagoda of Phnom Penh was created by King Ponyea Yat. Built during the 15th century, Wat Botum is ideally positioned towards the south of the royal palace.
Also referred to as the Temple of the Lotus Blossoms this exceptional pagoda is a popular tourist attraction in Cambodia. The original land that today houses the temple was surrounded by a pond filled with lotus flowers.
The majority of people fromThis 15th century Wat started to be known by its present name only after 1865. Over the years this historically acclaimed site has been through a series of extensive renovations and was recently renovated in 1937.
The complex features beautifully decked Stupas and many other statues and structures. Once favoured immensely by the Royal family, some of the Stupas at Wat Botum even contain ashes of certain members from the Royal family. The statues of green and yellow that can be seen at the entrance of Wat Botum are Naga statues. It is of a legendary snake that resides in the subterranean kingdom which is believed among locals that it can also change itself in to a human.
Wat Botum is known to be the heart of the Thammayut sect and is also home to one of Cambodia’s two supreme patriarchs. Travellers can explore this superb attraction by staying at a nearby well appointed Phnom Penh Hotel. Travellers can also stay at a luxury hotel in Phnom Penh and experience top class service along with an extensive range of contemporary amenities.