If you’re planning a trip to Cambodia, then Phnom Penh must be one of the destinations that you shouldn’t skip. This capital is not only an administrative center of Cambodia but also possesses a great deal of worth-visiting sites that can leave you unforgettable experience when visiting.
Phnom Penh is one of the cities that attracts many international visitors, thanks to its unique architectural combination of the French architecture and traditional Khmer architecture. In the seventies, Phnom Penh was considered as the Paris of the East.
And here are some tourist sites that you shouldn’t ignore when coming to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
1. Wat Ounalom
Wat Ounalom is one of the most important and ancient temples in Phnom Penh and is the Buddhist headquarters in Cambodia. With a unique architectural complex, this sacred temple attracts pilgrims from all over the country and is a popular tourist attraction for any tourist when visiting Cambodia.
Despite being damaged a lot during the horrible Khmer Rouge period, many statues of the temple were restored and rebuilt. Wat Ounalom is the focal point of the Buddha’s eyebrows (in Khmer language, it is called Ounalom) which still exists through many historical ups and downs, which are stored in the building behind the main temple.
2. Independent Monument
The Independent monument was built in 1958 to commemorate the 9th anniversary of Cambodia’s liberation from French colonial. The monument was designed in accordance with Angkor Wat and some of Cambodia’s other historical monuments, it looks like a lotus blooming and stretching out. This is also a memorial to those who died during the Cambodian war.
On major holidays, the Independence Monument is home to important national ceremonies. On weekdays, it attracts a lot of tourists thanks to the fresh air, the concert venue, outdoor martial arts and other entertaining activities.
3. Russian Market
Although Cambodia was famous for being occupied by the French colonialists, however, during the Cold War, there were a few Russians coming to Phnom Penh. Russian markets are extremely rich, diverse with a full range of items such as jewelry, cloth and garment accessories, handicrafts, Buddha or other gods’ statues sculpture,…
When coming to this market, you can enjoy your shopping passion or buy for your friends and family something as souvenir gifts with an affordable price.
4. National Museum of Cambodia
National Museum of Cambodia not only exhibits documents about the history and culture of Cambodia but also is considered as the largest museum of architecture of this country. The museum was built between 1917-1920 by the French colonial administration, in the traditional architectural style of Khmer culture combined with French architecture.
Today, the museum houses the collections, archeology, religion, and art of the ancient Khmer people from the 4th to the 13th century.
And those are the 4 out of 10 destinations that tourists shouldn’t ignore when coming to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. To find out the rest of the list, let’s follow me to the NEXT part!