If you’re looking to explore one of Siem Reap’s many Wat’s but without having to stray too far from the central tourist area then Wat Preah Prom Rath could be the place for you.
Just a couple of roads away from Old Market Wat Preah Prom Rath is packed full of colorfully decorated statues and stuppas.
Inside the main building (Preah Vihear building) there is sleeping Buddha just behind the main shrine. Outside the building there is replica boat, both of which hold special significance to story about a Monk who in 1500 AD would regularly travel to fetch rice from Long Vek the ancient capital of Cambodia. On one occasion he was attacked and his boat was broken. He was able to survive and make it back safely on part of the boat and hence the reclining Buddha and boat monument were built in honor of this event.
There is a plaque behind the main building with full details of the story.
As with all Wat’s and sacred buildings in Cambodia, please dress respectfully before visiting.