When you first arrive, there is a large clock, which they refer to as a watch.
It was built in 1373.
This is the legend of Wat Phnom, which I found here, though it also refers to the monkeys as "gangster monkeys" so take it with a grain of salt, though I did hear the story from my cousin:
"Cambodians believe in the legend of Daun Penh (Lady/Grandmother Penh) who according to folklore was a wealthy lady who one day in 1372 discovered the trunk of koki tree that had washed up on the banks of the Tonle Sap nearby to her land.
When she looked closely at the large tree trunk she discovered not only was it hollow but inside it there were four bronze Buddha statues which she took as an omen that she needed to create a sacred shrine for Buddha out of respect.
And so it first began that in the land close to her home Daun Penh started to build up a low mound of earth and constructed it into a manmade hill that could protect these statues and make the special shrine for praying to the Buddha for blessings which locals started to call “Phnom Penh”, the Mountain of Daun Penh."
There are small shrines throughout the temple as well.
A picture of me and a random man taking a picture.
This was just outside of the temple.