National Assembly

Phnom Penh

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 visiting (or if the political temperature is rising).

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Nearby Phnom Penh attractions

1. Naga World Casino

0.12 MILES

This hulking structure houses Phnom Penh's only casino, packed full of gaming tables, high-end restaurants and cocktail bars.

2. Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument

0.36 MILES

This optimistically named monument was built to a Vietnamese (and rather communist) design in 1979. Concerts are often held in the park, which springs to…

3. Hotel Cambodiana

0.37 MILES

Construction started on this landmark hotel back in the 1960s, but it was only open for a few months before civil war engulfed the country. Lon Nol…

4. Norodom Sihanouk Statue

0.42 MILES

This impressive statue shows the legendary former king/prime minister/statesman King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who died a national hero in 2012.

5. Wat Botum

0.47 MILES

This Buddhist temple with saffron-coloured robes flapping in the wind is particularly photogenic. It's located opposite Wat Botum Park.

6. Independence Monument

0.54 MILES

Modelled on the central tower of Angkor Wat, Independence Monument was built in 1958 to commemorate the country’s independence from France in 1953. It…