Wat Botum

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Wat Botum
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The facade of Wat Botum
AffiliationTheravada Buddhism
LocationPhnom Penh
Wat Botum is located in Cambodia
Wat Botum
Location within Cambodia
Geographic coordinates11°33′34″N 104°55′54″E / 11.55944°N 104.93167°E / 11.55944; 104.93167Coordinates: 11°33′34″N 104°55′54″E / 11.55944°N 104.93167°E / 11.55944; 104.93167
FounderKing Ponhea Yat

Wat Botum (Khmer: វត្តបទុម, lit. Temple of the Lotus Blossoms), the official name is Wat Botum Watey Reacheveraram (Khmer: វត្តបទុមវតីរាជវរារាម) literally means The temple of lotus which was built by the king, is a wat (pagoda) located on Oknha Suor Srun Street 7, Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is to the south of the Royal Palace on the western side of Wat Botum Park.[1]


Established by King Ponhea Yat in 1442, Wat Botum is one of the most important and original pagodas in Phnom Penh. The wat was originally named Wat Khpop Ta Yang or Wat Tayawng and at the time of the construction of the Royal Palace in the 1860s, when it was assigned to the Cambodian branch of the Dhammayuttika Nikaya, it was renamed Botum Wathei by monk Kantie Topodae after a former lotus pond on the site.[2][3] Numerous politician and eminent persons of the city are buried here.[4] Also, many prominent Cambodian bhikkhus have been ordained at the wat. You Bo and the Khmer Writers' Association have their headquarters at the wat.


  1. ^ Google Maps (Map). Google. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Harris, Ian (May 2008). Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice. University of Hawaii Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-8248-3298-8. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Wat Botum". Khmer News. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  4. ^ Zepp, Raymond A. (1997). A field guide to Cambodian pagodas. Bert's Books. p. 40. Retrieved 14 January 2011.