Snapshot in Time: Looking Up at Wat Maha Leap


With its waterway setting close to Kampong Cham and slightly dilapidated air, Wat Maha Leap stands proud as the last working wooden pagoda of its kind.

An intimate counterpoint to the staggering size and grandeur of Cambodian supertemple Angkor Wat, visitors can expect to see monks going about their business and savour the site’s calming atmosphere close to the banks of the Mekong River.

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But by far the most stirring vision is the intricacy of the artwork overhead; stunning scenes of the Buddha’s life cover every inch of the ceilings and cast their own peaceful spell over anyone who passes underneath.


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