Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia is one of the cities attracting many international visitors because of the unique architecture of French and Khmer architecture. In the seventies, Phnom Penh was like the Paris of the East. Below, I will introduce to you some beautiful places in Phnom Penh.
1, Wat Ounalom Pagoda
Wat Ounalom is one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh and is the Buddhist headquarters in Cambodia. With a unique architectural complex, this sacred pagoda attracts pilgrims from all over the country and is a popular tourist attraction when it comes to Cambodia. Despite much damage during the Khmer Rouge, many statues of the temple were restored and rebuilt. Wat Ounalom is the place that kept Buddha’s eyebrows (the Khmer language is called Ounalom) which still exists through many ups and downs history are stored in the building behind the main temple.
2, Independence Monument
An independent monument was erected in 1958 to commemorate the 9th anniversary of Cambodia’s escape from French colonial rule. The monument was designed in accordance with Angkor Wat and some of Cambodia’s other historical monuments and it shaped like a lotus flower. This is also a memorial to those who died during the Cambodian war. On major days, the Independence Monument is home to important national ceremonies. On normal days, it attracts crowds of tourists because of the fresh air, the concert venue, outdoor martial arts classes, and other entertaining activities.
3, Russian Market
Although Cambodia was occupied by the French colonialists, during the Cold War, there were quite a few Russians coming to Phnom Penh. The Russian market is extremely rich and diverse with a full range of items such as jewelry, cloth, and garment accessories, handicrafts, Buddha statues sculpture or the gods. in Khmer folk beliefs.
4, Cambodia National Museum
Cambodia National Museum not only exhibits documents about the history of Cambodia culture but also considered as the largest museum of architecture and history in Cambodia. The museum was built between 1917 and 1920 by the French colonial administration in the style of Khmer architecture combined with French architecture. Today, the museum houses the collections, archeology, religion, and art of the ancient Khmer people from the 4th to the 13th century.
5, Choeung Ek death field
Located 14.5 km from Phnom Penh and only 30 minutes by car, the Choeung Ek field is Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination. This is the place that expressed clearly the Pol Pot genocide of the 70s. At present, in the center of the death field, there is a memorial tower built to commemorate the unlucky victims. This memorial tower contains over 8,000 skulls of those victims.
6, Wat Phnom
Legend retold that the birth of Wat Phnom was associated with the beginning of Phnom Penh. Local residents say that in 1373, after a massive flood, a wealthy woman named Daun Penh happened to find four Buddha statues in driftwood on the Mekong. With devotion, Ms. Penh paid rent to fill the artificial hill and built the temple on it to worship four statues. This is one of the most sacred places for both locals and visitors when traveling to Phnom Penh. People often come to the temple to pray, ask for fortune, do business luckily.
7, Royal Palace of Cambodia
One of the attractions that visitors can not miss when visiting Phnom Penh. The palace was built after King Norodom moved from Oudong to Phnom Penh. Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings and the residence of the King and the royal family. This is also the place where ceremonial ceremonies and diplomatic ceremonies take place. It is opened from 8 am – 11 am and 2 pm – 5 pm.
8, Sisowath Quay
Situated along the banks of the Tonle Sap River, Sisowath Quay Area has a good reputation for the new West Quarter in Phnom Penh to distinguish it from the old Boeing Kak Lake. As one of the exciting entertainment venues in Phnom Penh, Sisowath Quay is always busy with lively restaurants, cafes, and bars. This is also the ideal place to watch boat races during New Year’s festivities in Cambodia.
9, Phsar Thmei (Central Market)
The market has a unique architecture with arched roofs built in 1937 designed by French architect Louis Chauchon. Here, visitors can find all kinds of goods such as jewelry, clothing, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, etc. The market is open from 7 am – 5 pm.
10, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Tuol Sleng Museum is a museum showing the genocide of the Khmer Rouge during 1975s – 1979s. Tuol Sleng was originally a school, but the Khmer Rouge used barbed wire to encroach the area. Their purpose was to turn the classrooms into the cells and this place has ever the most horrible prison in history.