Wat Preah Prohm Rath Temple or The Pagoda
Is a modern day Buddhist temple where locals go to pray
Wat Preah Prohm Rath Temple or The Pagoda and just a short walking distance of Pub Street – it is free to enter and well worth a look around.
This modern Buddhist temple is across the road from The Siem Reap River, which is a nice place to sit for a while on benches under shaded trees. The walls of the pagoda are striking, highlighted with gold and inside well-manicured gardens with bushes trimmed in the shape of elephants.
Wat Preah Prohm Rath Temple or The Pagoda has brightly painted carvings of animal and sculptures depict the story of why this modern day temple was built.
According to historical legend, a monk traveled by boat from the capital of Cambodia – Phnom Penh and his small vessel was attacked by a shark. One piece floated to Wat Boribo (Kampong Chang), while he clung onto the other piece and floated along the river that brought him back safely to Siem Reap.
This is a public temple for local people to worship – and to wander around the Pagoda is a privilege to see.
There are 3 statues where you can meditate, with the largest being a gold painted Buddha and you will often see locals or monks in orange robes paying their respects.
Something that struck me as I was leaving this bright and interesting place – was the sign above the doorway that touched my heart.
“May the followers of Buddhism at Wat Preah Prohm Rath and all our dear friends be blessed with longevity, good health, happiness, positive energy and right understanding.”
This sums up the beauty, peace, and love that Siem Reap leaves with you and Wat Preah Prom Rath Temple is included in out 10 Fun Things To Do In Siem Reap For Under $5.00.
Opening Hours: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.
TIP: It is customary to take off your shoes before entering the temple praying area.