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The name Phnom Penh might not conjure up exotic images in your minds, but you really need to visit the place to realize that you couldn’t be more wrong. The city enjoys a beautiful location along the banks of the Mekong River and is famous for being one of the most overlooked wonders of Asia. Those who do know about it might only speak about its beautiful architectures and a magnificent culture, but Phnom Penh is also known to be a modern day city with a beautiful skyline and a plethora of restaurants, hotels and bars.
Like most other Asian cities, Phnom Penh is a city with an ever changing character and a city of extremes – a city where the extremely rich live in mansion type buildings while the extremely poor occupy the adjacent slums. In fact, it is this combination of charm and chaos that gives Phnom Penh its captivating aura. The city can also be a major assault one one’s senses with pungent smells running through the markets and motorbikes whizzing past narrow lanes. However, all this is simply a part of the experience that makes this city such a unique holiday destination.
Tourists can always explore the rich history of the country in the National Museum or check out the trauma of a tragic past at the Killing Fields or the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Strolling through the busy marketplaces and gorging on delicious local cuisines are other popular things to do in Phnom Penh. The touristy types will love to wander through attractions such as the Wat Phnom, Sisowath Quay and the Wat Botum while the nature lovers simply cannot ignore the charms offered by the Mekong River and the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Ultimately, Phnom Penh is not your every day metropolis. It is an older version of Asia that most westerners dreamed of when embarking on their first tours of the continent.
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|1. The Royal Palace
||What is it? This is the principal attraction of the city
and contains the best examples of 20th-century Khmer architecture.
The Royal Palace is the official residence of King Norodom
Sihanouk. Although off-limits to the public, several buildings
within the gleaming yellow walls of the compound can be visited.
Set among the perfectly maintained gardens is the exquisite Throne
Hall, the Elephant Pavilion where the king's elephants were kept,
the Royal Treasury and the Chan Chaya Pavilion, made especially for
performances of classical Cambodian dance. The highlight of the
compound, the Silver Pagoda, takes its name from the floor of the
temple, which is completely covered in silver tiles. The internal
walls are decorated with frescoes depicting episodes of the
Ramayana myth, painted in 1903 by 40 Khmer artists. Also called the
Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, the magnificent baccarat crystal
image of the Emerald Buddha sits in the centre on a gilt pedestal.
There are other intricately carved Buddha images on display,
notably the life-size solid gold statue that stands in front of the
pedestal, decorated with 9,584 diamonds.
Hours of Operation: Daily 7.30am to 11am and 2.30pm to 5pm
|2. National Museum
||What is it? The museum houses the country's most
important collection of ancient Cambodian culture and Khmer art. It
is made up of four galleries containing relics, sculpture, art and
crafts covering history from the pre-Angkor period (4th century)
until the present. The pieces are arranged in chronological order
and the collection continues to grow as new treasures previously
hidden from the Khmer Rouge are discovered. There are also original
relics and sculptures from the temples of
Hours of Operation: Daily 8am to 5pm
|3. Tuol Sleng Museum
||What is it? When the Khmer Rouge came into power in 1975
they commandeered and converted a secondary school into a primitive
prison where they detained and tortured anyone suspected of
anti-revolutionary behaviour. Between 1975 and 1979 an estimated
20,000 victims were imprisoned in Security Prison 21, or S21, as it
was known. The museum was established after the Vietnamese invasion
of Cambodia and today it appears exactly as the fleeing Khmer Rouge
left it, and serves as a testimony to the crimes and atrocities of
the organisation. It is a tremendously depressing experience, and
the pictures, instruments of torture and bloodstained walls give a
thorough idea of the extent of the pain and horror borne by the
Cambodian people. Thousands of victims were transported from here
to the extermination camp outside the city, Choeung
Hours of Operation: Daily 8am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5pm
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