Wat Botum

Temple of the Lotus Blossoms, Phnom Penh 2011

Wat Botum is a temple located in Phnom Penh, south of the Royal Palace, on the western side of Wat Bothum Park. Founded by King Ponhea Yat in 1442, Wat Botum is one of the most important and original pagodas in Phnom Penh.

The Wat was formally called Wat Khpop Ta Yang or Wat Tayawng. At the time of the construction of the Royal Palace in the 1860s, when it was assigned to the Cambodian branch of the Thammayut Nikai, the monk Kantie Topodae, named after a former lotus pond on the site, called him in Wat Botum.

Many politicians and personalities of the city are buried here. Also, many prominent Cambodian bhikkhus have ordained in the temple. You Bo and the Khmer Writers’ Association are based here.

 

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