Phnom Penh waits to be discovered

Author: Pushpitha Wijesinghe

Cambodia’s Phnom Penh is bustling with activity, and among its many attractions its architectural pieces are absolute marvels. A visit to the capital is sure to delight visitors as it has attractions to engage every member of the family.

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh has many attractions that are intriguing as well as interesting. The amazing architectural wonder of its pagodas, monuments and other structural splendors including its beautiful parks all contribute to creating an amazing experience for first time travelers.

To get a general feel for the place it is usually recommended that tourists step into the Phnom Penh National Museum. The museum which was established in 1920 attracts many visitors through out the year. Home to sculptures which can be traced to the Angkor Kingdoms, the museum has a wealth of pieces made using bronze metal.

When in Phnom Penh tourists shouldn’t miss an opportunity to visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The architecture of the palace is what most people come to witness. The art work is absolutely spectacular, and gives a small hint of the type of craftsmanship available in the country. The interior of the palace is adorned with scenes from the epic, the Ramayana. The Silver Pagoda located in the palace on the other hand, is where the Emerald Buddha is housed.

Frequented by many is the Vat Phnom Pagoda, which is central to local culture and traditions of those in the area. And the best place to ponder on these architectural wonders is the Boeng Kak Lake which has beautiful surroundings and is ideal for a quiet evening stroll.

Situated at Samdech Sothearos Boulevard, is the Wat Ounalom one of Cambodia’s most treasured pagodas. It goes all the way back to the 15th century and contains a wealth of religious books, while providing housing for over a hundred monks. Although it was vandalized during the Khmer Rouge, there are parts of it which still reflect its old glory.

At the junction between the Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevards stands the victory monument which cannot be missed. Shaped to resemble a lotus, it was constructed in 1953, when independence from the French was won. It is the centre piece for national holiday celebrations like Constitution Day.

Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, and quite close to the National Museum is also the Raffles Hotel Le Royal. To experience some authentic local cuisine, exceptional service and legendary hospitality, visitors need only check into this hotel Cambodia. This hotel in Phnom Penh is only a 20-minute drive from the International Airport which is another plus point, when looking for accommodation in this part of the world.

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