Penh is the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia . Situated at the
confluence of four rivers, the Upper Mekong, the Lower Mekong, the
Bassac and the Tonle Sap. The capital city still maintains considerable
charm with plenty to see.
tall in the city center at the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk
Boulevards, it is the Independence Monument. Inaugurated in 1958
to commemorate the declaration of Cambodia’s independence
from foreign rule, it now serves also as monument to Cambodia’s
war dead. Walking in the Monument is not permitted, but it is best
viewed from across the street on the west however.
Royal Palace and The Silver Pagoda
The Silver Pagoda is located within the compound of the Royal Palace.
Inside the gleaming yellow walls of the palace compound are the
Throne Hall; the Chanchhaya Pavilion which is especially made for
performances of classical Cambodian dance; the Napoleon III Pavilion,
offered to King Norodom by Queen Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III and
the royal residential quarters.
at the intersection of Street 96 and Norodom Boulevard, this is
the legendary founding place of the name Phnom Penh. Legend has
it that in 1372, a wealthy widow named Penh fished a floating Koki
tree out of the mighty Mekong River. Inside the hollow of the tree,
she found five statues of Buddha; four in bronze and one is stone.
She then located an suspicious place and elevated the location to
construct a shrine to house her statues. Hence the name Wat Phnom;
Wat for shrine or pagoda in the Khmer language and Phnom literally
next to the Royal Palace, the National Museum is easily recognized
by its distinctive rusty-red exterior and traditional Cambodian
terra-cotta roof. Build between 1917 and 1920, the Museum offers
a charming setting for a stunning collection of ancient Khmer artifacts.
There are more than 5,000 interesting items, including and eight
armed statue of Vishnu ( 7th Century), a statue of Shiva ( 9th Century)
and a statue of the Buddha from pre-Angkor period.
Set on a small peninsular jutting into the Bati River, this is a
famous picnic destination just around the corner from the Ta Prohm
Sundays, many locals come to sit in the small huts perched over
the water and picnic on local delicacies such as chicken and grilled
frogs provided by local vendor. Boats can be hired from here, and
many people enjoy swimming as well. Because it is favourite holiday
spot for holiday makers from Phnom Penh, things are often a little
more expensive here; so before buying remember to ask for the price
first and try bargaining for the fun of it.
About 40 kilometers north of Phnom Penh along National Route 5,
a mountain topped with spires of stupas roars from the plain like
a fairytale castle. This is Phnom Oudong; at one time an ancient
capital, bombed and desecrated by the Americans and then the Khmer
Rouge, but still possessing and eerie beauty that no war has been
able to steal from.
Monument, Phnom Penh
Palace, Phnom Penh
Museum , Phnom Penh
Phnom , Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh during the Water Festival
River Bank during the Water Festival