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Wat Ounalom

Wat Ounalom, the centre of Cambodian Buddhism, lies in lush greenery in the park facing the riverfront.

The Wat Ounalom is one of Phnom Penh’s significant temples. It is also home to the monks from the Mohanikay order and library. One of the key highlights of this temple is the carefully conserved ounalom, which is believed to be a hair from Buddha’s eyebrow.



The Wat Ounalom is located at Sisowath Quay, about a 10-minute drive from the city center.


Opening Days and Hours

The Wat Ounalom temple opens daily from 06:00 to 18:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to Wat Ounalom is free.


How to Get There

Most visitors get to the temple by either tuk-tuks or taxi. Walking and cycling are also good options to get there.


Suggested For

The Wat Ounalom is a good sight-seeing spot for architecture fans and visitors seeking a spiritual experience. It suits visitors consisting of seniors, solo travelers, family with kids, and backpackers.


Time to Spend

Most visitors spend about 1 to 2 hours at the temple.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

Wat Ounalom is less crowded than Wat Phnom. You may want to visit the temple in the early morning or evening if you want to be there when it is the least crowded.



The Wat Ounalom is perfect for learning and appreciating Cambodian Buddhism. It is also a nice spot for photography during the sunrise and sunset time.



You may grab a meal at one of the cafes and bistros nearby.


Nearby Attractions

The Daughters of Cambodia Visitors Center (5 minutes drive) and National Museum (10 minutes drive) are some of the attractions that you can head to after visiting Wat Ounalom. You may also be interested to go for the river cruise along Sisowath Quay (Riverside).



Phnom Penh offers various accommodation options for budget, mid-range, and luxury travelers.


Good to Know

It is important to take note of the dress code, which is similar to visiting any religious site. You are also required to remove your shoes prior to entering the main worshipping area.

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