Wat Bo Pagoda

Cambodia Insight - - CAMBODIA - KINGDOM OF WONDER -

Wat Bo Pagoda, close to the Siem Reap River on the east side, is one of the old­est in Siem Reap and a peace­ful place to es­cape and take a break from tour­ing the ma­jor tem­ple sites of nearby Angkor Wat .

Im­mers­ing your­self in a cul­ture some­times re­quires get­ting away from the tourist hon­ey­pots. Wat Bo, which gives the area of town its name where a hub of back­packer ac­com­mo­da­tion can also be found, is a quiet pagoda worth a stop if you’re in­ter­ested in con­nect­ing more with Cam­bo­dia’s spir­i­tual side.

The coun­try may be Bud­dhist, but this 18th cen­tury pagoda is par­tic­u­larly no­table for its de­tailed wall paint­ings por­tray­ing Reamker, the Cam­bo­dian ver­sion of one of the great Hindu epics, Ra­mayana. The mu­ral mon­tage of in­tri­cate Kh­mer art is painted finely on the walls. Though for some pieces time has ev­i­dently taken its toll, many

Wat Bo

Some of the beau­ti­ful carv­ings

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