Wat Phnom(金邊塔子山), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Wat Phnom(金邊塔子山), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Wat Phnom("Temple of the Mountains" ) is a Buddhist temple (wat) located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was built in 1373, and stands 27 metres above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. Legend relates that Daun Penh, a wealthy widow, found a large koki tree in the river. Inside the tree she found four bronze statues of the Buddha. Lady Penh constructed a small shrine on an artificial hill to protect the sacred statues. Eventually this became a sacred site and sanctuary where people would make blessings and pray.

塔子山是金邊重要地標,座落在一個高27米的人工小山丘上。這裡有一個故事,以前有一位叫"邊"的寡婦,在湄公河撿到一條樹幹,她準備用樹幹建房,卻發覺空心的樹幹有4尊佛像,邊婆婆便在小山丘上蓋廟,供奉佛像,最終變成一個神聖之地,人們開始圍繞小山定居,很快就成為城市。這個城市得名為Phnom Penh「金邊」,Phnom指高棉的山,Penh就是「邊」夫人。

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