Nov 29 2011
Phnom Penh boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most interesting modern architecture — though it’s often forgotten about with the focus tending to be on much older Angkor Wat instead. Take a tour to see what’s left of Cambodia’s glorious 1930s to 60s-era pieces, or just wander around yourself. A good place to start is at the unusual looking Psar Thmei, or Central Market, a 1937-built art-deco ziggurat designed by Desbois and one of the most important 1930s buildings remaining in the Cambodian capital. (Many post-colonial era buildings were then designed by Vann Molyvann.)
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