Wat Damnak

 

Not far from Pub Street is Wat Damnak - an oasis of peace and tranquility and home to the Centre for Khmer Studies

Not far from Pub Street is Wat Damnak – an oasis of peace and tranquility and home to the Centre for Khmer Studies

One of my favored activities when I am in Siem Reap is strolling around and hanging out at Wat Damnak. Its a large pagoda complex with all the ‘trimmings:’ an active pagoda, orange-robed monks, a large reflecting pool and numerous stupas. The grounds are also home to an elementary school which with Cambodian kids always offers many opportunities for some nice photos and a lot of laughs when you show the kids the pictures you have taken.

Wat Damnak also houses something that few people are aware of – the Centre for Khmer Studies. This great article from the SiemReapPost.com does a wonderful job introducing us to this valuable resource. An excerpt:

In one corner of the compound is a burgundy and cream coloured building which is a drop in library. It’s well worth popping in to if you’re even remotely interested in Khmer history, including the history of Angkor. There is a fairly extensive library there which houses a host of books about the subject. You’re more than welcome to call in and browse through the collection – which includes many books in English and French as well as Khmer.

So if you find you have some time to spare, head over to Wat Damnak for a few moments. As the article ends: “It’s a nice place. Don’t go there expecting anything particular and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Allow lots of time to wander, meditate and enjoy.”

(Thinking of visiting the temples of Angkor Wat? Don’t forget to check out my friend Savuth’s tuk tuk services and all the handy information available on Angkortuktuk.)

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~ by Leonard on September 22, 2013.

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