Most visitors to Siem Reap make Pub Street their focal point. With the Old Market close by, this area is teeming with people, both local and tourists.
However, look above, beyond the roofs, and chances are you’ll spot a pagoda towering over all of them. This is the Preah Prom Rath pagoda.
Situated next to the river, Wat Preah Prom Rath is bang in the center of this area. And it’s a beautiful place to visit, sit around, and generally soak in the calm atmosphere.
History has it that it was founded more than 500 years ago by a monk who landed ashore from his sinking boat. However, the complex itself is from the 20th century. In fact, the moment you enter, on the right is a boat monument commemorating this event.
The grounds are huge, and house several buildings, including the pagoda, a university building and towers. Walk into the pagoda and you will get to see the reclining Buddha.
Ambling around the compound, I spotted this young monk. Looking to ask him for permission before taking his photograph, I got chatting with him. While he is a student at the university, he has also been practicing his English and Spanish. He mentioned he has got another year to graduation. After 10 minutes of chatting, he was gracious to let me photograph him.
Entry is free