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
Total Floor Area:10,000 square feet | 3,048 square meters
The groundbreaking event for the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021. President Veasna Kuonno Neang, president of the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission, will preside. Attendance at the site will be by invitation, following current local COVID-19 guidelines. The 10,000-square-foot, single-story temple will be constructed on a 3.16-acre site on Russian Confederation Street between the Cambodia Institute of Technology and the Institute of Foreign Languages near the Royal University of Phnom Penh. An ancillary building will also be part of the project.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).
- "Groundbreaking Date Announced for Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 18 Aug. 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.