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Attractions in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Have you ever thought of coming to visit Phnom Penh? What do you think you are going see? Some places may have already popped up in your mind. And you may already have a list of places to visit. You may want to visit the national museum and then the royal palace. You may also visit Wat Phnom, a sacred hill where the history of Phnom Penh began. Another place you should not miss is Tuol Sleng genocide museum, which will give you insights into Cambodian history. This is one of the most visited places in the capital. Popular sights are definitely worth visiting, but save some time for hidden local gems of Phnom Penh. There is no one better for this than a local private guide as only they know ins and outs of the capital. At Withlocals, you have a wide selection of knowledgeable local hosts who are eager to show you the best places of their hometown.

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Top Attractions in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Royal Palace: The royal palace is the monarchical place which is open to tourists. Visiting the royal palace gives you chances to discover the daily lives of the royal family.
  • Wat Phnom is a small hill with a beautiful Buddhist temple on top of it. The hill considered to be the center of the capital is, according to a legend the starting point of Phnom Penh.
  • National Museum: Being the biggest museum in Cambodia, the national museum is a place where Khmer arts in the ancient time are displayed.
  • The Tuol Sleng genocide museum was established after the collapse of the Khmer rouge regime. The museum was used as a prison where many innocent Cambodians had been executed during that regime.
  • Choeung Ek: Created in the same period as Tuol Sleng, Choeung Ek is a site of mass graves. The site was used by the Khmer rouge to bury thousands of corps.
  • Riverfront: The riverfront is a most visited place in the capital. For tourists, riverfront is a zone where they can find a lot of pubs, bars and cafés. While for locals, riverfront is more for fresh air.
  • Independece monument: The independence monument was built in 1958 in commemoration of the independence given by France.
  • Central Market (Phsa Thmey): Central Market is a landmark of Phnom Penh and built in 1937. The building is in a shape of dome which makes it one of the most famous buildings in Phnom Penh.

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Attractions worth visiting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • National Museum: A must see if you are curious about Cambodian culture and art. The national museum will give you a lot of knowledge about the Kingdom. At the national museum, many sculptures, artefacts from the ancient time of Khmer history are being displayed. With some help of the description attached with the antiques, you will be able to dive deep into Khmer culture.
  • Tuol Sleng genocide museum: Tuol Sleng genocide museum was once a primary school, but when the Khmer rouge took over the country, the primary school was chosen to be a prison. Khmer rouge called Tuol Sleng S21 which means security 21. The museum hold a sad memory of the killing field, so don’t forget to bring some tissue while visiting there.
  • Royal Palace: The royal palace is located next to the national museum and it is the monarchy place which is open for tourists. The royal palace is a complex of buildings, and one of them is the official residence of the king. Besides the residence of the King, several other buildings such as silver pagoda are very attractive for tourists.