Wat Phnom or “Hill Temple” came about in 1372 when Lady Penh went down to fetch water from Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She found a dead tree floating in the river and inside it were four bronze and one stone Buddha statues.
This was considered a lucky omen so she had a temple built to house them on the only hill around – all 27ft. of it. And that is where Wat Phnom sits today.
The Saturday we visited in October there was the usual circus happening outside the Wat. Birds were being set free for a fee (they come back later), postcards, photocopied books were being sold and everyone, us included, were enjoying the shade and cool green of the gardens.
Inside the Wat was a feast for the senses. From the chiming sound of the Khmer Xylophones, to the exotic smell of incense sticks burning in sand; from the flame of the tall as me candles to that of the dainty ones floating in their brass pots. Add to this the perfectly folded lotus flowers or the gaudily painted murals and you have a heady mix.
If you need some luck to come your way Wat Phnom is the place to go. Light a candle put your wish into prayer form and if it comes true make sure to come back with a gift (bananas are preferred).
Have you ever had a wish granted?