Recommended Places for Visitors to Phnom Penh
Located near the Royal Palace, Cambodia's National Museum offers a charming setting for a stunning collection of ancient Khmer art. The sculptures date from both the Angkorean and pre-Angkorean eras. These exhibits are complemented by more recent examples of Cambodian art. The museum is housed in a terra-cotta-roofed structure of traditional Cambodian design, built between 1917 and 1920. Apart from artistic treasures, the building is also home to a large colony of Cambodian free-tail bats. The colony has lived in the building's rafters for years and is believed to be the largest group of bats living in a man-made structure anywhere in the worl, over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era Statu, Lingas and other artifacts.
ROYAL PALACE & SILVER PAGODA
Royal Palace was built in 1866 under French protectorate and King Norodom, though many of the building in the complex were added over the following decades. The Royal Palace is a royal residence now where His Majesty, the King of Cambodia, and the royal families live. In a common word, it is like a small town of royal dynasties, Silver Pagoda was constructed of priceless historical object such as 90th century and renovated in 1962. A collection of priceless historical objects such as 90 kg golden Buddha encrusted with 2086 diamonds, the ‘ Emerald Buddha’.
WAT PHNOM TEMPLE
According to local history Wat Phnom was founded in 1372 when a Lady Penh discovered four Buddha statues. She decided to create the hill (phnom) on the site and atop the hill she created a small temple (wat) to house the statues. Eventually the area became known as Phnom Penh in recognition of Lady Penh and the hill. The current temple contains the remains of King Ponhea Vat (1405-1467) who was responsible for relocating the capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh in 1422. The hill today is a busy site as the temple is active and draws lots of local people. You can take an elephant ride there.
The Independence Monument commemorates the 1953 end of French rule over Cambodia. Designed by a Cambodian architect, the Naga (a mythical bird symbolizing strength and benevolence) motif of the monument is a symbol f the country's lirations. The Naga also adorns most important buildings in the country, including the Olympic Stadium and the Chatomuk Hall, which marks the convergence of four main river: the upper and lower Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac.
TOUL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM (S-21)
Prior to 1975, Toul Sleng was a high school. When the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the S-21 prison and interrogation facility. Inmates were systematically tortured and executed in the killing fields of Choeung Ek. S-21 processed over 17,000 people, seven of whom survived. The building now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the madness of the Khmer Rouge regime. Much has been left in the state it was when the Khmer Rouge abandoned it in January 1979. The prison kept extensive records, leaving thousands of photos of their victims, many of which are on display. Paintings of torture at the prison by Vann Nath, a survivor of Toul Sleng, are also on display.
CHEUNG EK KILLING FIELD
Cheung Ek is situated approximately 15 kilometers south-west of Phnom Penh, and about 30 minutes drives. This area is a place where more than 17,000 civilians were killed and buried in mass graves; many of whom were transported here after detention and torture in Toul Sleng. There are 86 tombs with 8,785 death bodies including men, women and children who were unearthed after the liberation of the Khmers Rouges. Some of those skulls, bones and pieces of clothing are now kept in the nearby massive stupa which houses 8000 skulls exhumed from mass graves.
This pagoda was built on the ancient site. It is opening from as early as 8.30am, and will be closed at 5.00pm. It is free visit.
Other Interesting Places In & Around Phnom Penh
Koh Dach is one of the biggest Mekong islands in Cambodia that many islanders are the Vegetation farmer and silk maker. It is about 24 km from Phnom Penh city. Visitor can travel by boat or car to reach the island which takes around 2 hours by boat on the upper stream of Mekong river. This island is an interesting place to visit because visitors are not only view the Mekong natural resources but also test the healthy food, fruits which grown there. Likewise, visitors will also have a chance to discover a traditional silk weaving village on this Mekong Island, the local daily life scenes or the rural livelihood. Koh Dach is also famous in handicraft in Cambodia.
King Soryopor founded the former Cambodian capital of Oudong in 1601. Strategically built 40 km north of Phnom Penh, the Khmer Rouge established positions at Oudong during its final offensive in 1974-75. Heavy bombing severely damaged the area but ruins remain of the canals, bridges, terraces and pagodas built at Oudong by King Anh Duong (1841-1850). It remains a pilgrimage site for those who come to pay homage to the legacy of Cambodia's kings.
Phnom Chisor temple was built during the 11th century and features carved lintels of sandstone, wood carvings and Buddha statues. A two and a half meter wall that served as a line of defense rings the entire complex. Phnom Chisor stands on a hilltop 55 km from Phnom Penh.
Tonle Bati is home to Ta Prohm temple, built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. This Buddhist temple is renowned for its refined Bas reliefs. Nearby is Yeay Peau temple, which features remarkable wood carvings. Tonle Bat Lake has a beach and food stalls where local residents come to relax at weekends.
KIEN SVAY RESORT
It is located around 20km from City Centre, this resort is very popular for local visitors during Weekend time.
It is located around 40km from City Center. It is very popular for local visitors during Weekend time.
It is a very popular local market among foreigners. It is opening from as early as 7.00am, and will be closed 5.00pm.
It was built since 19th century. It is opening from as early as 7.00am, and will be closed at 5.00pm.
There is a Local Market, There is 10mn from Villa 90s, and 5mn from 60s. It is opening from 9.00am to 9.00pm,
SORYA SUPER MARKET
There is a shopping place, and playing game. It is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm, It take 15mn from Villa 90s, and 10mn from Villa 60s.
It is along to the River side, Open from 5.00pm to 12.00pm.
There is one ATM located at Star Mart, just 100 meter south-west of the Villa. In case, that ATM machine does not work then you are recommended to move to other Caltex station nearby through advice from our staffs.
There are many Currency Exchanges. We recommended you do it in the Bank Office nearby, however you also may get such services at our Lobby. The Bank opening hours are 8.00am-4.00pm. There is also an Exchange booth opening of longer hours, and on Weekends around Local Market.
There are many Internet Cafés available in Phnom Penh.
For all postal needs, the Post Office is approximately 2km west of Frangipani Villa 60s, and around 3km north from Frangipani Villa 90s.
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