Phnom Penh (Khmer: ភ្នំពេញ),is the capital city of Cambodia. Its name means "Penh's Hill", referring to the local legend that the founding of the city was by a wealthy widow named Lady Penh in the 14th century. Located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong River, today Phnom Penh has grown to be the country's economic, industrial, and cultural center.

Day 1


Independence Monument

Shaped as a lotus stupa at the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard, the Independence Monument (Khmer: វិមានឯករាជ្យ) was built in 1958 for Cambodia's independence from France.

Royal Palace

Built in the 1860s, the Royal Palace has served as the residence of the King of Cambodia. The complex is divided by walls into four main compounds, on the south side is the Silver Pagoda, to the north side is the Khemarin Palace and the central compound contains the Throne Hall and to the west is the private sector or the Inner Court.

National Museum

Established in the 1920s, the National Museum of Cambodia (Khmer: សារមន្ទីរជាតិ) is the country's largest history and archaeology museum. It houses the world's largest collections of Khmer art, such as sculptures and ceramics.

Preah Sisowath Quay

Sisowath Quay is a 5 km long (3 mi) strip of riverside road that features shops, restaurants, bars, etc., it is popular among both locals and tourists. Sisowath Quay was used for watching boat races during the Water Festival (the New Year's celebration in several south-east Asian countries).

Wat Phnom

Originally built in 1372, Wat Phnom (Khmer: វត្តភ្នំ) is a Buddhist temple located at a central location of Phnom Penh. It is a sacred site and sanctuary for residents The complex was rebuilt several times int he 19th century.

Central Market

The Central Market (Khmer: ផ្សារធំថ្មី), is a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms. It was extensively renovated from 2009 to 2011. It remains a unique Art Deco landmark of the city.

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