Cambodia is known as the land of the two most prominent architecture, namely, the ancient architecture of the Cham and French colonial architecture. Before the World War II, Phnom Penh was called “Paris of the East” with many modern French architectures intermingled with ancient temples. Until now, the charming beauty of this city still remains; thus, appealing to numerous tourists from all over the world. So now, this article will suggest what to see and do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Visit Royal Palace of Cambodia
Royal Palace of Cambodia was built after King Norodom moved the capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh in the mid-1800s. The royal palace is also the symbol of the kingdom and associated with the Silver Pagoda, which is a complex of palaces, buildings and gardens. This palace overlooks the Tonle Sap River. On Saturday and Sunday nights, lights are lit up here.
Go to Wat Ounalom
Wat Ounalom is located near the Royal Palace of Cambodia. This is one of the most important Buddhist temples of Phnom Penh and the center of Buddhism in Cambodia. The temple draws a lot of tourists and pilgrims. The fame of the temple comes from the fact that one of the stupas of the temple consists of the relic of the Buddha. Accordingly, Wat Ounalom became one of the must-see spiritual tourist destinations in Phnom Penh.
Despite undergoing a host of damage during the Khmer Rouge, many statues of the temple were restored and rebuilt. Wat Ounalom is where the Buddha’s eyebrows are maintained (in the Khmer language, it is called Ounalom). This relic is stored in the building behind the main temple and still exists to this day regardless of many historical rises and falls.
Admire Independence Monument
The Independence Monument was constructed in 1958 to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the release of Cambodia from French colonial empire. The monument was designed in the architecture of Angkor Wat and some other Cambodia’s historical monuments and shaped like a lotus flower rising up. This is also the memorial place of those who died during the Cambodian war.
On major holidays, numerous important national ceremonies are held at the Independence Monument. On normal days, this location attracts crowds of tourists because of the fresh air. This is also home to concerts, classes of outdoor martial arts and other entertaining activities.
Explore special markets
Russian Market lies on Road 163 and opens from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. There are many shopping choices for you when you arrive in the Russian Market including clothes, shoes, silk products, antiques and carved works. The antique street of Phnom Penh is also located near the Russian Market.
Central Market, which is situated on Road 128, is where you can buy the jewelry made of silver and gold, ancient coins, fake clock, clothes, footwear and silk products.
Phsar Reatrey Night Market
Phsar Reatrey Night Market is located at the intersection of Sisowath Quay and Oknha Ing Bun Hoaw.
Kanda Market is near the street for foreigners in Phnom Penh. The items here mainly serve the needs of local people.
Phnom Penh is a destination with a range of things to see and explore. With the travel suggestions above, it is expected that you will get various exciting activities here.