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Temples in Battambang

Battambang is home to many wats (temples) all of which make interesting places to visit. Many of the temples in Cambodia were destroyed during the Khmer Rouge period but those in Battambang fared a little better thanks to the relatively benign local leadership. Wat Tahm Rai saw (White elephant temple) is one of the most visited because of its elaborate structure but also worth a visit are Wat Gahndahl and Wat Samrong Knong the latter home to a particularly emotive memorial to the victims of the Khmer Rouge. Visitors are welcome at all temples but should dress appropriately and remove shoes when entering the sanctuary. You will find that many monks will approach you as they like to practice their English - it can be a fun way of whiling away a few hours. The temple grounds usually have a number of food stalls so refreshment is never very far away.