Wat Leu is one of the 5 main wats in the
picturesque port city of Sihanoukville. These Wats, or Buddhist temples,
are scattered around Sihanoukville in Cambodia. Although Sihanoukville
is an important port city and is known for its natural treasures but the
wats made it one of the most tourists attractions in Sihanoukville. Wat
Leu is located on the Sihanoukville Mountain is only 6 kilometers from
the provincial town.
Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is about a 3 hour bus ride
towards south west from the capital Phnom Penh. You can also get there
by boat from Koh Kong. Because of its hilltop location Wat Leu, is
commonly known as "Upper Wat". Wat Leu is surrounded by a beautifully
landscaped forest. The hilltop Wat Leu in Sihanoukville offers wonderful
views of the town and islands nearby.
Wat Leu is not only a religious and historic site it is also significant
from the architectural point of view. Wat Leu is surrounded by a high
stone wall. There is a three headed white elephant beautifully carved
out of the stone wall with three statues of Buddha on the three heads of
the elephant. The golden colored temple with thatched roofs and
traditional design resembles the pagodas. In front of the stair case
that leads to the temple's door there is a huge statue of lord Buddha
made of black colored stones.
As you climb down the Sihanoukville Mountain pay a visit to Wat Kraom,
also known as “Lower Wat”. The wat is located along Independence Beach
right at the foot of Sihanoukville Mountain. Wat Kraom is located amidst
the large landscaped forest. You can get a panoramic view of which from
Wat Leu. Wat Leu is also ideal for photography. The tranquility and
sacredness of the place attracts the travelers as well as those who are
in search of peace.
Apart from Wat Leu and Wat Kraom, tourists can also pay visits to Wat
Otres, located behind Otres Beach and the 2 wats in Ream National Park.
The Outer Wat is situated on the Road number 4 to Phnom Penh and the
Inner Wat is located amidst the forest in Ream National Park.