5 essential spots you need to visit in Phnom Penh
Traveling to Asia, do not forget about Cambodia. Especially about its capital, where there are many places worth seeing. So that you do not have to waste your time, we have prepared top 5 cool places to visit in Phnom Penh.
Attractions in Phnom Penh that will amaze you
#1 Wat Phnom.
Buddhist monastery that was founded in 1372. According to legend, the woman found in the river 4 stone statues of Buddha and decided that this is a good sign. At this place a small temple was built and named Wat Phnom. Then, around it, the locals built a village, which grow and became the capital.
This is the most important temple in Phnom Penh, it is very high — 27 meters. On the territory of Wat Phnom lives a lot of wild monkeys, who like to play with tourists.Here are altars and statues. The entrance to the temple grounds costs only 1 dollar.
#2 Central market Phsar Thom Thmei.
It is simply impossible to come to Cambodia and do not visit local markets. This is the place where you can see the real life of the citizens. The central market was built in 1937 in the Art Deco style. Building has the shape of a cross, and after a reconstruction, facade was painted with a bright ochre color; this is the reason why it is also called ‘yellow market’. You can find here absolutely everything: clothes, jewelry, products, souvenirs, dishes, fabrics and electronics. Good luck in search of treasure here.
#3 Silver Pagoda.
Silver Pagoda or Emerald Buddha Pagoda, located in the complex of the Royal Palace. King Norodom built it in 1892. Over time, the wooden building was restored in concrete. Tourists are attracted by the gorgeous decoration of the building: ancient frescoes, silver floor and unique statues. The main showpiece of the Pagoda is the golden Buddha, which is adorned with thousands of precious stones. You have to see it!
#4 The Monument of Independence.
One of the most revered monuments of architecture is The Monument of Independence in Phnom Penh. The Monument of Independence was created in honor of independence and the liberation of the country from the power of France. In 1958 it was unveiled. The monument is built on the pattern of a bud of the lotus flower, which is decorated with a multi-headed cobra. During national holidays, the Independence Monument becomes the center of celebrations. In such cases, the fire is lit on a pedestal inside the monument.
#5 National Museum of Cambodia.
A place that must be visited by every tourist in Cambodia is the National Museum. This is an important place for the inhabitants of Phnom Penh and for the whole country. The historical and cultural artifacts of the country are collected here. Also, the facade of the building is unusual. It is made of red brick, so it has a terracotta color. Here are Buddhist statues of Vishnu and Shiva made in bronze, sculptures of the rulers of the kingdom and also Khmer ceramics. 14,000 exhibits are included in the collection of the National Museum.