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Wat Phnom

Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Wat Phnom is an artificial hill of 27 meters, built in 1373 which is the highest Buddhist edifice in Phnom Penh. Legend has it that in 1372 a wealthy lady asked all the inhabitants to help raising up a real little hill on a hillock in front of her house, called Phnom Don Penh together with neighbors, built a sanctuary on the phnom to place four statues of buddha found in a large Koki tree trunk that had drifted away from the mainland. In 1434 King Ponhea Yat established a city around Phnom by giving the name Phnom Don Penh which became soon after Phnom Penh. A large stupa was built at the top of the hill to store ashes his family. This stupa has been renovated and transformed several times in: 1434, 1806, 1894, 1926, these works have embellished the site of Wat Phnom over time.