Top Things To Do In Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the largest city and the capital of Cambodia. Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, it is now a cultural and commercial center that offers a unique blend of traditional charm and urban bustle.

The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda



The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom and is now the King’s official residence. However, some sections are open to visitors including the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings. It is like a small town of royal dynasties. The Silver Pagoda named for its silver floor, is one of the city's most visited sites and offers a display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects. It serves less as a functioning temple than a repository for cultural treasures such as 90 kg golden Buddha encrusted with 2086 diamonds.

The Wat Phnom Temple


Don’t miss a visit to Wat Phnom Temple, one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh. It was built in 1373 on an artificial hill by the wealthy widow Daun Chi Penh.

The Tuol Sleng Museum


Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 prison) is a former school, used then as a political prison by Pol Pot’s security forces. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeng Ek to be executed. This is a poignant insight into the brutal regime.

The “Killing Fields” of Choeung Ek


After a visit Tuol Sleng Museum, head to the “Killing Fields” of Choeng Ek (15 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) were detained and tortured at the S-21 prison and transported to extermination camp of Choeng Ek.

The Russian Market


For those interested in shopping, ‘Phsar Toul Tum Poung’ also known as Russian Market is a great place to buy souvenirs. The market has gained reputation for cheap clothing, a large selection of Buddha images and woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, and classic music instrument.

The Tonle Sap Lake and Mekong River


A sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake and Mekong River serves as a perfect end to a busy day. Relax as the sun begins to set on Cambodia's capital.


Sources: theculturetrip.com

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