10 Best Tourist Attractions in Phnom Penh
10 Best Tourist Attractions in Phnom Penh – The capital of Cambodia is famous for both its fascinating architecture, both ancient and from colonial times of France, as well as its recent cruel history. Before the war in seventies, Phnom Penh was once called as the Paris of the East, and famous for its amazing white facades which is interspersed with temples over a millennium years old. Although the regime of Khmer Rouge has long gone, the rudeness of Phnom Penh just slowly disappears. The city’s biggest attraction is that it hasn’t been westernized to the level of its neighboring countries have been, and there gives a much more unspoiled experience of Southeast Asia. Here is a list at the best tourist attractions in the Phnom Penh:
1. Phsar Thmei
From under a golden dome’s shining centre, four pearl-white wings which is full of bustling vendors stretch into plenty corridors and a cloud of voices, scents, and sights. This art relic from the architectural of French Colonial time was believed to be the Asia’s largest market, and has been operating (besides during war time) since it finished construction in 1937. No matter what they are into, the shoppers are likely to bargain here. From burned DVDs and CDs to discount tees, from brocade textiles and ornate batik to gemstones and gold, there is something for every taste can find here.
2. Sisowath Quay
Sisowath Quay riverside strip has been an significant commercial public zone for centuries. Abutted by the Royal Palace and bordering the Mekong River, this area is full of shops and street vendors, hotels and restaurants. Sisowath Quay is one of the best areas to see the boat races during the famed water festival of Phnom Penh’s, which is held in mid April in celebrating the Buddhist new year. It has a very multinational vibe, westernized, since it is a home to several colonial-style architectures as well as several Embassies. For those who scheduling a boat trip to Siem Reap, the ferry terminals leave from this area.
3. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Turned out by the Regime of Khmer Rouge in 1975 from a high school, Tuol Sleng served as the most horrifying prison in Cambodia. Over 17,000 people imprisoned in Tuol Sleng within the four years since it operated, there are only a little known survivors. After the Vietnamese army exposed the prison in 1979 Tuol Sleng became a historical museum which memorializing the actions of the regime of Khmer Rouge. The museum is easy to access and a must-see for everyone who is interested in horrific past of Cambodia.
4. Royal Palace of Cambodia
With its lavish decoration and classic Khmer roofs, the Royal Palace dominates Phnom Penh’s skyline. The Royal Palace is located close to the riverfront. It bears a incredible similarity to its pair in Bangkok. The palace has becoming the home for the royal family during peace eras since the 1860’s, when its capital city was moved from Oudong. This buildings complex has four main structures namely the Khemarin Palace, the Inner Court, the Throne Hall, and the Silver Pagoda. Despite the half of the compounds is considered as the residence of the king which is closed to the public, Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda compounds are the popular tourist attractions in Phnom Penh and is able to be explored freely.
5. Wat Phnom
This summits temple which sits in the city is the city’s namesake itself. The legend says that a widow Penh uncovered a tree on the riverbank which has four sacred Buddha statues inside, and created a shrine in the area to protect its sanctity. The temple itself is more important for its historic significance than its physical structure, however the park is a mild green space and a famous encountering area for the locals. For those who hoping to catch a little bit of good luck, it may be worthy to pray for success in business or other companies the way many Cambodians do in this place.
6. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
This place is best-known of all the Khmer Rouge’s killing fields, or mass graveyards, has served as a monument to tribute the victims of the atrocity in the dark history of Cambodia. It has been converted into a spire-peaked memorial of relics or Buddhist Stupa which created to tribute the inhumane massacre between 1975 and 1979 of 9,000 people in this field, and million people nationwide. This is not a place for the faint of hearted people; there is an acrylic glass case inside the building with more than 5,000 of the skulls found here.
7. National Museum of Cambodia
National Museum of Cambodia is not only the premier collection of nation of the Cambodian cultural history, it also becomes as the largest historical and architectural museum. Before the tourists enter the building, they are regarded with spectacular, rich gardens and the spirited terracotta pavilion that spreads into four wings which is filled with treasure to find. The special feature is the art collection from the largest ethnic group in Cambodia, the Khmer. It also has important and prominent statuary pieces for both the Hindu and Buddhist faiths.
8. Russian Market
Although Phnom Penh’s most famous foreign occupation was the one of the French, there is a important Russian component to this city which came to this city during the cold war era of the early 1980’s. The Russian Market is a important place to purchase a lot of discounted designer items at a tenth of USA prices. The handicrafts are equally attractive, and include silk, jewelry, and other fabrics, musical instruments, woodcarvings, and much more. It is a good place to learn to bargain, as the expected asked price is often much fewer than the first offer.
9. Independence Monument
Independence Monument was created to celebrate Cambodia’s freedom in 1958 from the French Colonial Rule of five years earlier. It is designed after the central tower of the most famed ancient temple of the country, Angkor Wat which represents a lotus-shaped Stupa which also honors the war victims of Cambodia. The monument is located close to a park which contains some of other important statuary which honor the war heroes and peace accords with the neighboring countries such as Vietnam. It is the center of plenty festivals which held during national holidays, and is often decorated with flowers during the celebrations, or enjoyed by the park visitors during the concerts, outdoor classes of martial arts or some other recreational activities.
10. Wat Ounalom
The Wat Ounalom complex of more than 40 buildings is considered as the Buddhist headquarters of the nation. Founded in 1443, this stunning, blooming collection of Pagodas and relic-filled stupas is very fun to explore. It serves a home of the head of the Buddhist brotherhood of Cambodia, as well as some of other orange-clad monks. Higher accesses presents opportunity to see fewer-viewed artworks, and beautiful views of the Mekong which little bit take the time to discover. Despite hit by the Khmer Rouge, most of the temple’s statuary has been renovated and keep to be visited in the sacred pilgrimages. The special note is the stupa which contains Buddha’s eyebrow hair himself, and an epigraph in the Pali’s ancient language.