There are many things to do in Phnom Penh with different attractive places and activities. The sound of Phnom Penh promises the almost forbidden joys of the exotic, a land that hasn’t commercialized its ingenuity and has so much to offer. Cambodia’s capital city’s ‘skyline’ is dotted with spires from the number of pagodas that crowd it and the place exudes a charm that is hard to ignore. If you are visiting the city and want to know what places to go to, here’s a quick list to refer:
This majestic structure right in the heart of the city was built to mark the occasion of the liberation of Cambodia from the French. The monument, designed by modern Cambodia architect Vann Molyvann commemorates the thousands who gave up their lives for the freedom of their nation.
National Museum of Arts
This is the country’s largest museum of archaeology and cultural history. The museum was inaugurated in 1920 and was then called the Musee Albert Sarraut. In 1951, after the French handed over the museum to the Cambodians, it was renamed as Musee National de Phnom Penh. The museum houses the largest collection of Khmer artifacts in the world.
Also known as Phsah Thmei, the central market is one of the city’s major landmarks. The market was designed by Desbois and structured in the Art Deco style. It stands on a former swampland. The market was last renovated by the French Developmental Agency in 2011.
The Royal Palace
The magnificent façade of the palace is hard to look away from. The most popular spot in the palace is that where the Emerald Buddha resides. Constructed in the 17th century the idol is made of Baccarat. The palace’s Khmer style Throne hall was built in 1866 and this is where the royal family would preside over court ceremonies and rituals. Another popular attraction, the Silver Pagoda has a floor inlaid with 5,329 solid silver tiles commissioned by the King Sihanouk.
This magnificent 3 km long boulevard is situated along the intersection of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. A long string of boutiques, restaurants, cafes and luxury hotels dot the boulevard. Because of its strategic location and the fact that it is at the meeting point of almost all roads leading to the city’s attraction, the place is almost always crowded with tourists and locals alike.
This indoor entertainment park located right in the center of the city; is a huge attraction for both kids and adults. Kids City was inaugurated in 2013 and already enjoys great popularity because of the mix of fun, leisure and education that it has to offer to its visitors. The park has something for everybody; from playground, climbing, laser tag, science galleries to ice skating, go karting and a special zone just for toddlers. Whether you are visiting with colleagues or family, Kids City is one attraction in Phnom Penh that you surely shouldn’t miss.