A look at the Buddhist temple, Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia thru photos and video. According to the story, Wat Phnom was founded in 1373 by Madam Penh who found four Buddha statues in the river mud near the only hill in the area. A shrine was built to house the statues, which eventually became the pagoda, Wat Phnom. Now people come to the temple to pray for good luck and success in their endeavors and leave offerings of food and flowers, while burning incense to please the spirits. A fortune teller usually sits inside reading fortunes from bamboo slats. Outside, there are several bird vendors who sell small birds that you release after making a wish. Of course, they return to the vendors.

Tech stuff: Video shot on a Canon 5DMk3 with a 24-105mm lens. Audio recorded in camera and on a Zoom H1. Edited in Final Cut Pro. Photos shot on various trips over the years on a 5DMk2. Exercising some artistic license, I recorded the monks chanting at another temple that had a monastery, Wat Botum, since Wat Phnom has no attached monastery.

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