Wat Phnom is a Buddhist temple built in 1372. It stands 27 metres above the ground and is the tallest religious structure in the city. The pagoda was given the name of Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut.
According to legend, the first pagoda on this site housed four statues of Buddha deposited here by the waters of the Mekong and discovered by a woman name, Penh. Hence Phnom Penh.
Wat Phnom is considered part of Riverside, which is always busy and probably the downtown Phnom Penh downtown. Riverside also includes Phsar Chas, Phsar Kandal, Chey Chumneas and Chaktomuk, containing the oldest parts of the city.