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Independence Monument ( Phnom Penh )

Was designed by renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann. The Independence Monument was inaugurated in November 9, 1962 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from foreign rule. The Independence Monument presently also serves as a monument to Cambodia's war dead. It is the site of colorful celebrations and services on holidays such as Independence Day and Constitution Day.

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Wat Phnom ( Phnom Penh )

This temple is located right in the center of the city. It is a small man-made hill, topped by a huge ancient Stupa and a Buddhist Monastery.  Legend has it that in the year 1372 AD, a famous woman named Daun Penh had ordered for this hill to be built to respectfully revere five statues of the Buddha that were found inside the hole of a floating Koki (teak) tree trunk. Later, King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463) left the capital in Angkor and re-located his capital city to Phnom Penh (1422). The original name of Phnom Penh was Phnom Daun Penh in memory of the founder, but was often called Phnom Penh for short. From then on, this enchanting city has been known simply as Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom is covered with evergreen trees; some of these trees are very old and tall. The hill is a charming place that is always filled with the songs of many kinds of bird; chattering of monkeys and the occasional gentle roar of a lone elephant. Elephant ride is available for touring around the hill.

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Royal Palace ( Phnom Penh )

The Royal Palace was built in 1866 under the French protectorate and King Norodom, though many of the buildings in the complex were added over the following decades. The Palace is simply realized that a residence of the King of Cambodia. The compound was a citadel of King Ponhea Yat andf re-built by King Norodom when he relocated the capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. The bautiful buildings with towering spires are a great example of classic Khmer architecture found in Cambodia today. The Silver Pagoda is the most well-known besides other visited sites such as Throne Hall, Stupas, Royal Dinning Hall, the Chan Chhaya Pavilion and a French-style building wihich a gift from Napoleon III.

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National Museum ( Phnom Penh )

Next to the Royal Palace, the distinctive rust-red National Museum was dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. The buildings are inspired by Khmer temple architecture. More than 14,000 items are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts including sculpture, ceramics, bronzes etc..., most notably the famous statue of the King Jayavarman VII. Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition of post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Visiting the museum after rather than before a trip to the Angkor in Siem Reap helps lend context to the Angkorian artifacts.

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Central Market (Phsar Thmey) ( Phnom Penh )

This unique, art deco building is Phnom Penh landmark. Prior to 1935 the area was a swamp/lake known as Beng Decho that received the runoff during the rainy season. The lake was drained and the market constructed in 1935-37. Phsar Thmey is currently undergoing a refurbishing project - the interior reconstructed, a new bright yellow paint job, new stalls are being constructed, etc. Many of the vendors have moved to temporary buildings on either side of the market building. The souvenir vendors are in the temporary building on the south side of the market. Even with the construction, Phsar Thmey is still well worth a shopping visit. (Phsar Thmey means 'New Market', but 'Central Market' commonly known by most foreigners).

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Choeung Ek ( Phnom Penh )

The site is well-known as the Killing Field. Choeung Ek was once an orchard and a Chinese graveyard. It was used by the Khmer Rough regime as an executive ground which killed thousand of Khmer people between 1975 and 1979. Presently, Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa which filled with more than 5000 human skulls.


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Russian Market (Toul Tom Poung Market) ( Phnom Penh )

This market became the foreigner’s market during the 1980’s when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russians, hence the name ‘Russian Market.’ It is of far less architectural interest than the Central Market but has a larger, more varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks. Like the Central Market, there are several jewelers and gold-sellers, but it also carries huge selection of curios, silks and carvings, it is one of the best markets in town to buy fabric, and it offers the largest selection of VCDs...

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