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Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia

Located facing the riverfront area along the Sisowath Quay, Wat Ounalom is one of the Buddhist temples that you must visit in your trip to Cambodia, Phnom Penh. As one of the major attractions suggested for things to see in Phnom Penh, this Buddhist temple attracts majority of the visitors to Phnom Penh as a place for learning about the Buddhist culture.So, it was same for us. During our recent Phnom Penh trip, we didn’t forget to visit the Wat Ounalom in an afternoon.

Wat Ounalom – Why is it popular as Eyebrow Temple?
Wat Ounolam Pagoda/Stupa
Wat Ounolam Pagoda/Stupa

This temple is also popular as eyebrow temple.Named as King Ponhea Yat in Khmer, the language of Cambodia  which means ‘Eyebrow Temple’ ,this Buddhist temple has a historical value.As per records,Wat Ounalom was built in 1443.The stupa of the temple contains an eyebrow hair (ounalom) of Lord Buddha which makes this temple a sacred place.

Our visit to Wat Ounalom and interesting things to see

Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia

The day we visited Wat Ounalom was a bit sunny afternoon. The temple was not so crowded. So we could spend time watching the beautiful sculptures and statues. The temple building is with beautiful architectural features and decorations with highlights of the golden temples.

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This temple is a home for the Buddhist patriarch and serves as one of the major Buddhist center of the country. It is also known as the oldest Buddhist foundation in the city of Phnom Penh.
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Buddha Statues at the temple grounds

We visited the temple and we could meet and talk with some Buddhist monks too. That was a great opportunity for us as we could talk about Buddhism and close religious relationships between Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

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Inside the shrine room

If you visit Phnom Penh city,don’t forget to visit this beautiful temple.It also provides beautiful views of riverfront when you are in the top level of the Buddhist temple.

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View of riverfront from the top level of Wat Ounalom,Phnom Penh
Helpful tips to Visit Wat Ounalom
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Cyclos at the entrance of the Wat Ounalom

Location: Samdech Sothearos Blvd Central Phnom Penh

Entrance fee: Free attraction. No entrance fee. However, you can donate money for the temple if you like.

Opening Hours: 06:00-18:00

Please wear appropriate clothes when you visit this temple.(Shoulder covered, long dress at least upto the knee).Please read this post on how to visit a Buddhist Temple.

It is Located at the riverfront area which you can easily walk in the same trip to riverfront.

At the gate of the temple, there are people who ride cyclos. After visiting the temple, you can hire a cyclo for a city visit if you like such a ride.

There are tour guides available who also owns tuk tuks. If you like to visit other attractions, you can easily find a tour guide who is also a tuk tuk driver.

 

Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

Bright Hill Temple or also known as Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is another Chinese Buddhist temple we visited recently.

Bit of History

Located in a large extent of land, this Bright Hill temple is a calm, quiet and peaceful place for anyone. Once this was a rubber plantation.

In 1921, Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao founded this temple as a place to provide lodging for monks and also to propagate Buddhism and its teachings.

This beautiful monastery and temple is extensively spreaded in a spacious land comprising 11 sections. Other than as a place of practicing the teachings of Lord Buddha, this Bright Hill temple is a great place to see features of Chinese Architecture. With breathtaking statues, gardens, landscapes and architectural buildings this temple complex attracted me whole day and here are some of the captures from the temple.

Photo Walk through Bright Hill Temple (Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery)

Do you remember the post I shared with some photos of peaceful views of garden from Bright Hill Temple?We found this garden when we just entered the temple.Inside the temple,there are different sections with beautiful statues and shrines.

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We walked towards the temple to enter into the first shrine.

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Hall of Compassion

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Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas is a must visit in this temple premises.You can climb the stairs inside the building to the top.This gold colour pagoda is home to the Medicine Buddha and it is a great place for meditation. Medicine Buddha is surrounded by 9,999 small Buddha making it 10,000  Buddah statues.

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Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas

Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

Bright Hill Temple-SingaporeAlthough this temple follows Mahayana tradition of Buddhism,I found a Bodhi Tree there.If you visit a Buddhist temple,specially a Theravada Temple,you’ll see a Bodhi tree.Interestingly,this Bodhi tree is a sapling of the Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura,Sri Lanka.

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Bodhi Tree

Bright Hill Temple-SingaporeSee the beautiful decorated ceilings and paints.

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Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

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Bright Hill Temple-SingaporeIn each shrine there is a large bronze pot for burning incense sticks.

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Chinese Architecture

Here are some captures to show some features of Chinese Architecture.In Singapore,I found most temples are bright coloured and red is like a theme colour.Then,roof styles are unique and dragons play an important role.These temples are with beautiful ceilings and every bit of the temple is decorated.

Bright Hill Temple-SingaporeThese are some captures of pillars, roofs and walkways of the temple which are elaborately decorated featuring Chinese Architecture.

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In any Chinese temple,we can see dragons in most decorative pillars and roof details.

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Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

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Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

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Beautiful ceiling details

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Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

Do you have any photo story for this week?If so,please share below.I’d like to read.

Have you been to this Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Singapore?
Or have you ever been to any Chinese Temple?

 

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