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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21); it soon became the largest centre of detention and torture in the...

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National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

The National Museum of Cambodia is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture: a millennium’s worth and more of masterful Khmer design. It's housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional...

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Silver Pagoda

Within the Royal Palace compound is this extravagant temple, also known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Silver Pagoda is so named for its floor, which is covered with 5 tonnes of gleaming...

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Royal Palace

Royal Palace

With its classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding, the Royal Palace once dominated the skyline of Phnom Penh. It's a striking structure near the riverfront, bearing a remarkable likeness to its counterpart in...

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Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

Between 1975 and 1978, about 20,000 men, women, children and infants who had been detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. It is a peaceful place today, where...

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Psar Thmei

Psar Thmei

A landmark building in the capital, the art deco Psar Thmei (literally 'New Market') is often called the Central Market, a reference to its location and size. The huge domed hall resembles a Babylonian ziggurat...

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Kbach Arts

Cambodia finally got a sizable contemporary arts space in 2019, when Kbach moved into three galleries covering 400 sq metres of Factory Phnom Penh. The mission is to provide a platform for young Khmer artists to...

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Factory Phnom Penh

This 3.4-hectare Levi's garment factory, 2km south of town, was completely transformed in 2018 into a graffiti-covered hub for entrepreneurs, artists and creative thinkers. On a ride through the sprawling campus...

Public Art in Phnom Penh

Ramayana Mural

The Silver Pagoda complex is enclosed by walls plastered with an extensive and, in parts, spectacular mural depicting the classic Indian epic of the Ramayana (known as the Reamker in Cambodia). The story begins...

Historic Building in Phnom Penh

Throne Hall

The main attraction in the palace compound is the Throne Hall. Topped by a 59m-high tower inspired by the Bayon at Angkor, it was inaugurated in 1919 by King Sisowath. The hall is used for coronations and...

Buddhist Temple in Phnom Penh

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

Set on top of a 27m-high tree-covered knoll, Wat Phnom is on the only ‘hill’ in town. According to legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1372 to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the...

Buddhist Temple in Phnom Penh

Wat Ounalom

Wat Ounalom

This wat is the headquarters of Cambodian Buddhism. It was founded in 1443 and comprises 44 structures. The wat received a battering during the Pol Pot era, but today it has come back to life. The head of the...

Landmark in Phnom Penh

French Embassy

French Embassy

Located at the northern end of Monivong Blvd, the French embassy played a significant role in the dramas that unfolded after the fall of Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975. About 800 foreigners and 600 Cambodians took...

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Wat Moha Montrei

Wat Moha Montrei was named in honour of one of King Monivong’s ministers, Chakrue Ponn, who initiated the founding of the pagoda (moha montrei means ‘the great minister’). The cement vihara (temple sanctuary),...

Cultural Centre in Phnom Penh

Futures Factory

Helmed by the ever-popular Friends restaurant, this new community space aims to become the cultural heart of central Phnom Penh with a regular lineup of live music, family activities and gallery exhibitions, plus...

Library in Phnom Penh

National Library

The National Library is in a graceful old building constructed in 1924, near Wat Phnom. During its rule, the Khmer Rouge turned the building into a stable and destroyed most of the books. Many were thrown out...

Landmark in Phnom Penh

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Despite the lofty name, this multipurpose sports complex has never hosted an Olympic Games. Nevertheless, it's a striking example of 1960s 'New Khmer' architecture, with an arena and facilities for boxing,...

Historic Building in Phnom Penh

Napoleon III Pavilion

Check out this curious iron pavilion, located south of the Throne Hall. Given to King Norodom by Napoleon III of France in 1876, it was hardly designed with the Cambodian climate in mind. In fact, it was...

Shrine in Phnom Penh

Shrine of Princess Kantha Bopha

This shrine is dedicated to Kantha Bopha, one of former King Father Sihanouk’s daughters, who died of leukemia when she was just four years old. There are now five Kantha Bopha children’s hospitals in Cambodia,...

Landmark in Phnom Penh

National Assembly

Home to Cambodia's national parliament, this elaborate building is finished with traditional Khmer motifs. The access road is sometimes closed off to the public if the Prime Minister or foreign heads of state are...