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WELCOME TO PHNOM PENH THE CAPITAL CITY OF CAMBODIA

Here are some tourist attractions in Phnom Penh that shouldn’t be missed.

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia with its population of 1.5 million is located on the banks of The Tonle Sap, the Mekong and the Basac River. Much of the activities in the city center happens on the riverfront along the Sisowath Quay. Here are the Phnom Penh city Attractions.

 

WHAT PHNOM

According to a legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 AD to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the water of the Mighty Mekong River and were discovered by a women name Penh. The city is named from this Wat. The Wat itself is set on approx. 30m high hill, which is also the only hill in town. The biggest clock in Cambodia.

Entrance fees: $1, open hours: 8 am- 5:30 pm, ticket office: 8am-4:30pm, dress code: must cover shoulders and knees, best to visit: all day, recommend length 30 minutes-1 hour. 

 

ROYAL PALACE

 

The Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. The Kings of Cambodia have occupied it since it was built in the 1860s, with a period of absence when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.The palace was constructed after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh in the mid-19th century. It was built atop an old citadel called Banteay Kev. It faces towards the East and is situated at the Western bank of the cross division of the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River called Chaktomuk.

Entrance fee: 10$ including Royal Palce and Silver Pagoda In-house English guide fees: $10 per hour per group

 

SILVER PAGODA

 

The ‘Silver Pagoda’ sits next to The Royal Palace, separated by a walled walkway, but within the same larger walled compound. The Silver Pagoda’s proper name is Wat Preah Keo Morokat, which means ‘The Temple of the Emerald Buddha,’ but has received the common moniker ‘Silver Pagoda’ after the solid silver floor tiles that adorn the temple building. The pagoda compound as a whole contains several structures and gardens, the primary building being the temple Wat Preah Keo Morokat and other structures including a library, various stupas, shrines, monuments, minor buildings and the galleries of the Reamker. Open hour: 8-10:15 am, 2-4:00pm, dress code: must cover shoulders and knees, best time to visit: in the morning or between 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the afternoon to avoid the heat, recommend length of visit 1-2 hours.

NATIONAL MUSEUM 

 

The ‘Silver Pagoda’ sits next to The Royal Palace, separated by a walled walkway, but within the same larger walled compound. The Silver Pagoda’s proper name is Wat Preah Keo Morokat, which means ‘The Temple of the Emerald Buddha,’ but has received the common moniker ‘Silver Pagoda’ after the solid silver floor tiles that adorn the temple building. The pagoda compound as a whole contains several structures and gardens, the primary building being the temple Wat Preah Keo Morokat and other structures including a library, various stupas, shrines, monuments, minor buildings and the galleries of the Reamker.

Entrance fee: $10, in-house audio guide $5 per person (Optional). Open Hour 8:00am to 5:00 pm every day. Best Time to visit recommend length of visit 1-2 hours.

 

KILLING FIELDS

 

Choeung Ek- the place where Pol Pot’s regime slaughtered his people without mercy in their thousands and buried them in mass graves.

Entrance fees: $3 ( Subject to change ), free entry for under 12 years old with ID, audio guide in 15 languages: 3$ (optional), open hours: 8 am- 5:30 pm, ticket office: 8am-5pm, recommend length 1 hour, travel  time from riverside to killing fields: 50 minutes

TOUL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM

 

Toul sleng (poisonous hill) or S21 (security 21) was a former Toul Svay Prey high school. The Khmer Rouge setup a prison at this site in May, 1976, to detain individuals accused of opposing the Pol Pot regime, and was Angkar’s premier security institution. Not for squeamish.

Entrance fees: $5 ( Subject to change ), 3$ for under 18 years old with ID, In-house English guide fees: 2$/person, audio guide in 10 languages: 3$ (optional), open hours: 8 am- 5:30 pm, ticket office: 8am-4:30pm, recommend length 1 hour, travel  time from riverside to Toul Slen: 15 minutes 

Central Market

The Central Market, is a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial designed by Jean Desbois. Construction works were supervised by French architect Louis Chauchon and the ingenue Wladimir Kandaouroff.

Russian Market

 

Another sopping paradise, with far more branded goods on sale for those with good bargaining skills. Be warned, however, that this place is not for claustrophobic. Its aisle are rather cramped and you will get sweaty as you plough through the narrow lanes in search of your shopping buys

Aeon Mall

ÆON mall 1 and 2 is a shopping complex has everything from food court to a wide range of restaurants, supermarket, household appliances stores, sporting goods outlets, bookstore, a game arcade, diverse shops, a massage boutique, a movie theater with 7 halls or over and even a car dealer. Also, a good place to chilling around with family and friends indoor.