Phnom Penh Cambodia

Temples, Markets and the Killing Fields!

Phnom Penh Cambodia is generally known for the Killing Fields. They are worth going to see.It is a sad, but an enlightening visit.

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CHOENG EK MEMORIAL and KILLING FIELDS


But there are some wonderful ancient buildings, The Silver Pagoda the best. You would not leave the city without visiting this wonderfully ornate palace, where the King still lives.



Phnom Penh Attractions

The list below is of the main features we visited. You can fill a couple of days sightseeing around Phnom Penh Cambodia culture and history is well represented here.

Choeung Ek Memorial -The Killing Fields

Gruesome and macabre, the main Choeung Ek Memorial to Cambodia’s terrible history was layered into seventeen tiers. This is all such recent history and knowing that many of the worst atrocities were inflicted by their own people is hard to come to terms with. It was not for everyone.

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CHOENG EK MEMORIAL


Some people we knew opted not to go and see this terrible monument to Cambodia's recent history. But it is well with visiting. If only to remind us never to become so insular we overlook the plight of others.It is located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh Cambodia.

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THE KILLING FIELDS


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TOUL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM


Toul Sleng Genocide Museum - The School

Our son had told us that when we were in Phnom Pehn Cambodia we were to make sure we went to the School, which is in town. Now a Museum, it shows how this school had been turned into a prison.

It is graphic with photos, and much of the awful structures and torture equipment on display. But again, it is a great reminder of the frailties of humans. They took young boys, who were easily brainwashed, to become cruel and inhumane. Even toward their own families.

Independence Monument - now a monument to those killed in the war.

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PHSAR THMEY - CENTRAL MARKET


Phsar Thmey – Central Market is a must.

Everything in Central Market is housed in a huge creamy yellow art deco building with a really unusual design.

Here you will find anything and everything Cambodia has to offer. From crafts – silverware, all kinds of carved woodware, beautiful silk garments, pashminas, and the usual fakes! Watches ........ my fake Gucci lasted about a year! A friend’s fake swatch lasted a day!

Out the front, cane platters are piled high with insects.Crickets, cockroaches, and tarantula spiders. A common sight not just in Phnom Penh Cambodia markets anywhere have trays piled high with these tasty morsels!

Psah Poul Tom Toung - The Russian Market

This market is older, and was less appealing for me. But it is considered the best place to shop for a bargain. Fabric, clothing, carvings, and handicrafts are all here. My best buy was a $1 fan. Cambodia in October is very hot and humid!

NOTE: You will be harangued to buy. But they are generally laughing and it is all part of the game.Just be firm, and have done your research, before you start to bargain.

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ROYAL PALACE


The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

This is a display of wealth that was fortunately kept intact and undamaged throughout their wars. Built for the King over a hundred years ago, you are able to see most of the large complex of buildings. There are jewels, and historical, very valuable artifacts on display, in several buildings, along with beautifully maintained gardens.

NOTE :i)Be sure to take a T shirt or shirt with long sleeves. You will not be allowed in if you are not dressed with appropriate decorum. They will provide T shirts to borrow for those needing one.

ii)You are also pay extra if you wish to take photos.

The National Museum This is next to the Palace.

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ROYAL PALACE and SILVER PADODA


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