Phnom Penh, on the banks of 3 rivers Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers was once called “The Capital of Asia”. Today it is fast becoming a a modern metropolis with a hectic nite life.
The oldest attraction is the Wat Phnom constructed in 1373. The legend about the building of the Wat Phnom is tied to the founding of this city.
People come to the temple burning money and bringing food offerings.The bird sellers at the temples will let you buy a bird and let it free.
The French came upon invitation from the King of Cambodia who was afraid of a Thai invasion in the late 1900. They stayed until 1953 and left their mark with large boulevards and luxurious colonial villas.
They built the historic Hotel Le Royale which is now part of the Raffles chain and In the 30’s they built the train station, an impressive deco building.
The French also built the Central market Phsar Thom Thmei. This market was built in a monumental deco style in 1937 and is a Phnom Penh landmark with its large dome visible from all over the city.
The Independence monument was built by the famous Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann in 1953 as a lotus shaped stupa to celebrate Cambodia liberation from the French.
Another must see attraction is the Royal Palace built in the mid 1800’s on the banks of the Tonle Sap river; It serves as the home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk.
The National Museum, was built during the French colonial era in the classical Khmer style has a spectacular collection of Khmer antiquities from the golden age of Khmer culture.
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