Announcement:7 October 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:18 September 2021 by Veasna Kuonno Neang
Site:3.16 acres | 1.3 hectares
Architectural Features:Central spire surrounded by four smaller spires
Ordinance Rooms:One instruction room, one sealing room, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:10,000 square feet | 929 square meters
Elevation:35 feet | 11 meters
President Veasna Kuonno Neang of the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission presided at the groundbreaking event for the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple—the country's first—on Saturday, September 18, 2021. "This is a day heaven is smiling on us," said President Neang. "Today, a holy temple of God will begin its foundation representing the faithfulness, love and joy of the saints in Cambodia. We know that when we come to the temple, we can feel closer to the Lord Jesus Christ." For years, Cambodian members have traveled to Hong Kong or the Philippines for temple worship, making a visit to the temple a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. That will now change. The 10,000-square-foot temple and ancillary building will be constructed on a 3.16-acre site on Russian Confederation Street near the Royal University of Phnom Penh.1
On November 19, 2019, President Russell M. Nelson unveiled the official rendering of the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple to a gathering of Church members in Phnom Penh's Premier Centre Sen Sok. It was his first visit to the country, which came as part of a ministry trip with Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to several countries of Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, and Indonesia.
On November 19, 2019, the location of the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed on Russian Confederation Street, between the Cambodia Institute of Technology and the Institute of Foreign Languages near the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the stake center for the Phnom Penh Cambodia North Stake.2
On October 7, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson announced the first temple to be constructed in the nation of Cambodia. The Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple will make temple ordinances accessible to the over 14,600 Latter-day Saints of Cambodia for whom travel to the Hong Kong China Temple is largely prohibitive. The population of Cambodia is over 16 million.3
The Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple will be the first temple built in Cambodia and the second built in mainland Southeast Asia, following the Bangkok Thailand Temple (under construction).
- "Church Breaks Ground for Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 18 Sept. 2021.
- "In His First Visit to Cambodia, Prophet Unveils Phnom Penh Temple Rendering," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 19 Nov. 2019
- "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.