With phnom meaning 'hill' in Khmer, legend has it that Phnom Penh was named after this small hill. Rising well above its surrounding plains, this Buddhist wat is strategically situated in the heart of the city. Enshrouded in inimitable layers of legend and lore, Wat Phnom is touted to be one of the highest points in the city. Though the wat is, by no means, the biggest or most impressive in Phnom Penh, it is an incandescent focus of the city, particularly during Khmer New Year when crowds gather to celebrate the auspicious day with full vigor. Having received many a facelift over the years, this temple shelters a sanctum sanctorum where a magnificent, bronze-built statue of Buddha presides over several smaller statues which lie alongside. Complete with a tapestry of shrines, vibrant murals and paintings depicting the spiritual journey of Buddha, Wat Phnom also harbors the remains of King Ponhea Yat.