Wat Phnom (“Hill temple”) is one of Phnom Penh’s most significant sights. It is here that the city of Phnom Penh (“Penh’s Hill”) was founded in 1373. Legend has it that Daun Penh, a wealthy widow, found a large koki tree in the river. Inside the tree she found four bronze statues of the Buddha. Lady Penh constructed a small shrine on an artificial hill to protect the sacred statues. Eventually Wat Phnom became a sacred site and sanctuary where people would make blessings and pray.