Places to Visit Siem Reap – Wat Dom Nak

Water Reflections, Places to Visit in Siem Reap

Beauty in Siem Reap – Wat Dom Nak Temple where there is a model of a mountain which you can see in the reflection in the water. This flower is in the mote area along with a few fish.

Wat Dom Nak – Pagoda & Temple

Places to Visit Siem Reap

There are many places to visit in Siem Reap. Travelers will want to see this pagoda and learn about the local culture and take in the beauty of the Buddhist religion. Tourists will not find this place in their guide-book and many travelers want to see how the local population lives.  Wat Dom Nak provides us with the beauty of a Cambodian Buddhist temple. Wat Dom Nak pagoda is several hundred years old, the temples of Angkor are much older, from 900 AD to 1400 AD. Wat Dom Nak is a local pagoda for people of the Buddhist faith.

Pagodas in Cambodia – a Part of the Culture

A Place of Worship

Walking around the temple grounds reminded me of a college campus, but many of the people were in the distance.  One monk came up to me to greet me and ask where I was from. He was a young man who told me he was from a poor family, came to the temple to live and learn as a monk.  

Education for the Poor Children

If a family is too poor to send their kids to school, they can enter their child into the temple school, and the kids get an education and they live as monks. Once they are old enough and have completed their education, they either go out into the world or stay and live as monk during their adult years.

Places to Visit in Siem Reap,

Siem Reap religious building at Wat Dom Nak Temple

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Temples of Siem Reap – Wat Dom Nak

Places to Visit in Siem Reap,

Wat Dom Nak, a temple or pagoda in Siem Reap

Sidewalk at the Pagoda, Places to Visit in Siem Reap

Left there is a moat with a religious building in the center of the moat. Down the sidewalk is one of several school buildings. Wat Dom Nak

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Buddhist walking into the area to pray and make a wish.

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Inside the building Buddhists’ people go to pray and to make a wish with the help of one of the two women figures in the back. Once they donate flowers, people use a small pot and dip their hand in the holy water and sprinkle a little at the base of the two figures, then they get a blessing. If their wish comes true, they will give back to the temple in some way.

 

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Wat Dom Nak is not far from Pub Street, ask your tuk tuk driver to take you there. 

Learn more about Wat Dom Nak

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