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White Elephant Pagoda (Wat Tahm-rai-saw)

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Address: 2 Street, Battambang 02000, Cambodia
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Worth a visit and it's located right downtown

Free to see. Lots of interesting sculptures and even a fairly gruesome sculpture of a body being eaten by birds. Many tombs, so definitely be respectful. I enjoyed my 20 minutes... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Emellee
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Saginaw, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Free to see. Lots of interesting sculptures and even a fairly gruesome sculpture of a body being eaten by birds. Many tombs, so definitely be respectful. I enjoyed my 20 minutes walking around the grounds.

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puerto princesa
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Love the sculptures of the elephants, Buddha's and horses but unfortunately like so many wats in Cambodia the doors were locked. There were many monks in the compound but they seemed to be busy so I didn't interrupt them. One of the better temples in the country

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George, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Different from many of the other places in Cambodia as the Thai influence come through. The elephants are eye catching.

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Thank ktlynrobertson
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

There are many many WATS in the the area In not sure if I ended up the right one it had a elephant out front and was huge.. It must have been a day off the day I was there as it was all locked up and no one to be seen..Any way a few photos for u all ..

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Thank Stephen W
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Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

This pagoda is very old with interest history between Khmer and Thai. The design is different from other Khmer pagodas. So it is worth to visit and it is in the town not suburb just spend 10minutes to walk from the market.

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Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Visited it on my third day in Battambang. NO entrance fee! The white elephants and other statues are located behind the pagoda. There is also a school near these statues. Learned from my tuktuk driver the difference between a pagoda and a temple. Pagodas have stupas while temples do not. Stupas are used to place ashes of the deceased. Fancy... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

I learned that my maternal family went to school here decades ago and wanted to see it. The temple has not be restored, it's the same as it was 100 years ago. Even the elephant isn't really white anymore, but more of a chipped elephant. The inside of the temple is peaceful, beautiful and ornate.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed 9 December 2015

No matter what religious we are, this white elephant pagoda described a lot of its interesting story and all the carving, statues and overall atmosphere 90% remain the same as its original design. Located in the central of the province, this pagoda is nearby the old french colonel building inside the governor office. Don't miss to visit both attraction and... More 

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 26 November 2015

One of a few monasteries in Battambang worth to visit during, for instance, a bicycle trip through the city. Especially the statues and images surrounding the white elephant statues in front of the vihara are, however not very elaborately carved, at least interesting and dramatic.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 16 November 2015

My wife and I had a look around, and we were impressed with the pagoda. They are restoring this pagoda, and it will look great when finished. Our Tuk Tuk driver told us the story behind the other ststues outside the Pagoda, which were so interesting.

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