The capital and heart of Cambodia are Phnom Penh (derived from the words "Phnom Daun Penh" or "Phnom Penh of Grandma Penh"). Since the French colonial time, Phnom Penh has grown to be the most important capital, and after 1979, it has become an important national economic hub in practically all fields, including industry, trade, culture, tourism, and historical resources.
Phnom Penh was once a gorgeous capital in Indochina, established by the French in the 1920s. Phnom Penh, the Kingdom of Cambodia's most populous capital, is situated at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Tonle Bassac rivers. It is, in particular, an area that integrates the country's culture, trade, and politics.
Phnom Penh has many attractive resorts for national and international tourists. Here are some great attractions that you should not miss when visiting Phnom Penh:
Wat Phnom is the most important shrine in Phnom Penh. According to local studies and customs, a wealthy widow named Penh found a tree on the riverbank to build her house. In the tree, he found four Buddha statues. He also ordered the construction of a temple at his home to house the statues, which later became a shrine in 1373.
The park around Wat Phnom creates a lush landscape, even though Phnom Penh is a bustling place. This grassy area is used for concerts and events, and every year Wat Phnom is a gathering place for New Year's Eve entertainment.
The Royal Palace has a roof with ancient Khmer features and a prominent figure facing the riverfront. The Royal Palace was built in 1886 as the royal residence when power shifted the capital from ancient Angkor to Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace was additionally built by Khmer and French architects.
Inside the palace grounds, the surrounding walls obscure the outside noise. Except for the Royal Palace, visitors can access the Royal Throne Hall, the site of official royal ceremonies and royal ceremonies, the Keo Morakot Temple, the Chan Chhaya Dining Hall, and the French-style building. Gift of Napoleon III.
Within the Royal Palace complex, there is the Preah Keo Morakot Temple or "Preah Vihear Prak" located near the Mekong River.
Originally made of wood, the Temple of the Emerald Glass was first built in 1892, but was rebuilt by King Norodom Sihanouk in 1962. Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot was built to highlight the beautiful Khmer style. The marble staircase leads to the temple and you will see two meditative Buddha statues inside.
The attractive Red National Museum is located north of the Royal Palace and is the most important historical and ancient museum in Cambodia. The museum was officially inaugurated by King Sisowath in 1920.
The museum is designed according to the architecture of Khmer temples and a collection of valuable Khmer sculptures and Khmer-style decorations such as ceramic, bronze, and cultural objects dating from prehistoric times to pre-Angkorian, Angkorian, and post-Angkorian periods.
The Independence Monument is designed in the style of the Angkorian style and is located in the heart of Phnom Penh. Built-in 1958 as a celebration of French independence, the Independence Monument is located in the middle of a traffic circle at the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanoukville Boulevard.
Cambodia celebrates its Independence Day every year on November 9th. King Norodom Sihamoni presided over the candlelight vigil at the Independence Monument, which was attended by senior officials from the government, the private sector, and the public sector.
Central Market is the only colonial-style market in Asia, built-in 1937. The former Central Market used to be a swamp and lake. Central Market has a round roof with four arms, creating a place that sells a variety of goods.
Central Market is a popular market for tourists and Phnom Penh residents who are always busy. Guests can buy a variety of fresh and cooked products, jewelry, watches, shoes, school supplies, fresh flowers, clothing, including T-shirts and souvenirs. You can bargain when you buy something.
The name Toul Tompong Market originated from the fact that many Russians like to shop here in the 1980s. If you are looking for local antiques and food, this market is the right place for you. The market has many stalls selling souvenirs and clothes.
This air-conditioned market is the most popular for tourists. Inside the market, you can get lost if you can not remember the road. In fact, the sidewalks are full of piles of clothes, shoes, and bags that can confuse you.
When walking along the river, you will see various districts of Phnom Penh in the past, and especially some buildings from the French colonial period, such as the FCC Post Office (Club of Foreign Journalists) and many other buildings. The riverside is bustling and full of bars.