Wat Samarong Knong
Wat Samrong Knong is the oldest pagoda in Battambang, and features a unique combination of brand new structures and 19th-century architecture.
Wat Samrong Knong is a massive temple where the Well of Shadows can be found. This is a reference to the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge era. A stupa containing victims’ bones and memorial is on the temple grounds as well.
Wat Samrong Knong is at 153, Krong Battambang, about a 15-minute drive from the Battambang Airport.
Opening Days and Hours
Wat Samrong Knong opens daily from 07:00 to 19:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
It is free to enter the temple.
How to Get There
The temple might be a bit hard to find so it is recommended for visitors to take a tuk-tuk or motoride to Wat Samrong Knong instead of going there on a scooter yourself.
Wat Samrong Knong is suitable for people who are interested temple architecture, including small groups of friends, families with kids, couples, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
Most visitors spend about 2 to 3 hours exploring the temple grounds.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The temple is not very well-known amongst international tourists, so it almost never gets crowded except during local festivals. The best time to visit Wat Samarong Knong is during sunrise and sunset for beautiful photo opportunities.
Sitting on a smaller hill, it takes less effort to get to Wat Samrong Knong compared to other temples that are usually located on top of bigger hills. Locals come for pilgrimage during festivals and there is a small museum to keep you occupied.
Small, family-run stalls selling refreshments can be found nearby. If you are interested in tasting Khmer food, head over to Suon Tuonh.
The old Pepsi plant is 20 minutes away by tuk-tuk. Try Cambodian cheese or prahoc at its factory located about 15 minutes away by tuk-tuk.
Battambang offers a wide choice of accommodation options, including budget guesthouses.
Good to Know
Wat Samrong Knong undergoes construction and restoration work from time to time and will be closed for to the public then. Therefore, you should check with the tourism centre before heading there.