Wat Langka

Wat Langka

Location : Phnom Penh

Wat Langka was initially built as a temple to store Holy Writings. It also served as a meeting place for Cambodian and Sri Lankan monks. Named in honour of these meetings, the word 'Langka' is derived from the Sri Lankan order that was based in the temple.

Thankfully, during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, the monastery escaped the wave of destruction of Buddhist houses of worship as it served as a storehouse. Nevertheless, the past has left its traces on the building.

Fully restored today, the Wat is of great importance to the Cambodian Buddhism because it is the main library for religious writings. Visitors may visit the colourful temple and even join one-hour silent meditation sessions that are sometimes held by monks.

 

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