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Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour
"Meet up with your guide just outside your Phnom Penh hotel and hop in comfortable air-conditioned transportation bound for your first stop. Begin your tour at Cambodia’s Royal Palace which stands majestically in the city centre just off the riverfront area. Several buildings are open to visitors including the ‘Silver Pagoda’ whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum. Located in a fabulous old build the Museum is filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. At the north end of the city is the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom for which the capital was named. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill for fabulous views of the city below.In the afternoon take a look into the country’s tragic recent history with a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at sobering reminders of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful tour visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country. In between there is also time for a visit to the ‘Russian Market’. Test out your bargaining skills as you wander through the stalls filled with souve local handicrafts
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields
"Pick up from your Phnom Penh hotel by your guide and driver and transfer to the Toul Sleng Museum (Prison S21). During the Pol Pot regime Toul Sleng formerly a high school (Toul Svay Pre School) was converted to a detention center known as S21. After interrogation and often torture prisoners were transferred to ‘Killing Fields’ where they were often tortured again and brutally killed. Today the building houses exhibit paintings and photographs of many of the victims. Visitors can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the located just outside the city center. It was a Chinese Cemetery before it became the Khmer Rouge’s best known Killing Field. The remains of almost 9000 bodies have been excavated from mass graves in this area. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5000 human skulls
From $58.00
 
Regime of the Khmer Rouge and Highlights of Phnom Penh Tour
"On this day tour will take you to a trip to Cambodia’s bitter past. You will visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Also known as “S-21” the museum was once a school but was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as detention and torture center of the regime.Next leg is Choeung Ek or more popularly known in the West as the “Killing Fields”. Although both sites are symbols of brutality and oppression they will give you a better perspective of Cambodia’s history and appreciate more the beauty the country has to offer.We will then take you to visit Stung Meanchey. The neighborhood is where you will find Pour un Sourire d’Enfant or “For the smil but you can surely drop by the center’s souvenir shop to buy some mementos.The remainder of the day we shall spend scouring the lively markets of Phnom Penh. Drop by Central Market an art deco structure presumably the largest market in the whole country. You may also want to try the Russian Market that is famous for its stone and wood carvings. You can find a variety of merchandise in both markets ranging from clothes to souvenirs jewelry
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French Colonial Architecture

A Frizz Restaurant web page has an interesting discussion of the French Colonial architecture in Phnom Penh. It talks about the famous rococo palace "fixer-upper" that I used in my introduction. The building is in a decayed state, but evidently it has been purchased by the FCC Hotel Group. Restoration was supposed to have started in mid-2008, but nothing had happened by March 2009, when I was there (probably because of the bad global economy). The plan is to make it a luxury hotel with a French bistro downstairs and a connection to the FCC complex just behind it. The exact history of the house is unknown, but it was probably built in the 1920s. It's a typical French colonial building, but incorporates a whole combination of styles, including impressive Corinthian capitals and intricate sculptural designs.

The old part of the city along Sisowath Quay and along Norodom Boulevard was built during French colonial times and many of the old buildings still remain. Some have been restored (like the UNESCO building next to the old rococo palace) but quite a few are neglected and some may be beyond repair.

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AlbuqRay
May 08, 2012

Train Station

This is the Art Deco looking train station that was built in 1932 but don't expect any trains to be running from here today, (at a railway station? Come on!), as they stopped running a few years ago. Instead all you'll find are rows of wagons lined up on the tracks and an old steam engine built in France in 1912.

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Willettsworld
May 02, 2010

Post Office

Built in 1894, this wonderful French colonial building has undergone extensive renovation, and is the key edifice in a small square that is bordered by a number of once important public buildings. This formed the heart of the quartier Européen, or ‘French quarter’ centred on banks, postal services, administrative offices, hotels and traders.

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Willettsworld
May 02, 2010

Faded Colonial Charm

The French, who were the colonial masters from the 1800s to the 1940s, left their mark, with various colonial villas, French churches, boulevards, and the Art deco central market. Like in Vientiane, capital of Laos, many of the villas have shutter doors and windows, verandas and balconies but are in dire need of some TLC. Some have been boarded up and closed off from view with high metal fences.

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Willettsworld
May 02, 2010
 
 
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Old French Buildings

If you are brave enough to stroll down the streets of the capital you'll come across these wonderful old french colonial buildings of the former ruling french empire... Alas they are crumbling into the ground....

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Oct 18, 2005

Angkorian Artifacts

What I was surprised to see here at the museum are the many sculptured figurines & heads of Buddhas.

We hardly see many at Angkor Wat.
I supposed they are here so that it won't be stolen by the thieves.
Pilferage is a big problem in this part of the world & there is just not enough resources to guard them at the actual temples.

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Sharrie
Mar 01, 2004

Khmer Architecture

Khmer architecture looks similar to Thai at first glance.
However, if you take a closer look, there seems to be less ornamental as those of Thai.
Less gold, less metallic but more wooden.
This is not an expert opinion, just my casual observance.

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Sharrie
Mar 01, 2004

A walk along the waterfront to enjoy the buildings

Phnom Penh is in the midst of rapid change, but the history of the city is impossible to ignore. It's a city filled with beautiful old colonial architecture, the ornate pale pastel-colored buildings that are a legacy of the French colonial era. The colonial villas of Phnom Penh are often in a state of decaying splendor.

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Jun 29, 2003

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French Colonial Architecture

Although its looking fairly run down now, Phnom Penh was once regarded as the most beatiful of the French colonial cities in Indochina. The riverfront still shows the influence of this time.

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Dec 03, 2003

Things to Do Near Phnom Penh

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Tuol Sleng Museum

Tuol Sleng Museum, the complex used a secondary school until in 1975. Then the complex was occupied by the Khmer Rouge and used as a prison. The prison, known as S-21 eventually became the place where...
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Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument is located on streets between Street 7 and Sothearos Blvd. It was built in the late 1970s by the communist regime that took power after the Cambodian-Vietnamese...
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Sisowath Quay

The bustling Sisowath Quay promenade was recently renovated. The lady owner from our guesthouse told us about this area Four years it has been a building site that the view of many hotel visitor...
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Russian Market

To get here by tuk-tuk cost $4 because this is further out the center. This market offers many kinds of products from fabric, souvenir, shoes, jewelry, clothes. You also find tailoring, hairdresser...
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Silver Pagoda

Located within the Palace compound sits the Silver Pagoda .Removing our shoes we stepped inside . We were immediately wowed ! The floors are covered with 5000 silver tiles each weighing over a kilo...
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Foreign Correspondents Club

The FCC is housed in a three story French colonial building. It faces onto the Tonle Sap River near its confluence with the Mekong. The FCC dates from the 1990s and was once a hotbed of journalistic...
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