Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, what was once considered the ‘Gem’ of Indochina. The capital city still maintains considerable charm with plenty to see. It exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquillity with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. Phnom Penh is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals. A mixture of Asian exotica, the famous Cambodian hospitality awaits the visitors to the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the country. At the city’s heart is the massive, art deco Central Market.
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The Royal Palace built in the 1860’s, has served as the royal residence in Phnom Penh.
On-site, there are multiple golden temples and quarters, each more beautiful than the next. You’ll get a chance to learn about the history of the royal family in Cambodia and the history of Phnom Penh with the help of informational plaques and guide available on site.
When you visit, dress appropriately for Buddhist culture. Women should cover their knees and shoulders while men should wear shirts with sleeves.
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, chronicling the Cambodian genocide. The site is a former secondary school which was used as Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979.
When the Khmer Rouge took power in Phnom Penh, they needed a place to gather and brutalize their victims and so they converted a high school into a torture prison. Over 4 years, 14,000 people entered this prison and only 7 survived.
Phnom Penh markets have a wide selection with the markets still differ a lot and they specialize in different areas.
The most popular market among ex-pats and tourists is definitely Russian Market, where you can find; souvenirs, handicrafts, western sized clothes, handmade silk and fake bags.
Central Market, located at an Art-Deco building, is the cleanest market in Phnom Penh with the biggest supply of jewelry and gemstones of all markets and probably the freshest food section.
Olympic market and Boueng Keng Kang Market are the two most popular markets among young Cambodians.
Kandal Market and Old Market are two genuine local markets places to go to if you want to get a glimpse of the local culture and local food.
Phnom Penh’s Night Market is relatively small and is only open at the weekend, but it is a nice and airy market located on riverside close to the restaurants and the nightlife.
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