Post Office Square
A slice of heritage near the river
What we say:
Made famous by the French film, City of Ghosts, Post Office Square is one of the last places in Phnom Penh to glimpse the slow-paced, pot-holed city of old.
The cream-coloured Post Office building was built in 1890 and restored in 2004, and it remains one of the city's best examples of French colonial architecture. Inside, olden-day photographs adorn the halls and there's even a philatelic counter that will excite all you stamp collectors out there. The Post Office is open 07:30 to 17:00, with a healthy two-hour lunch break from noon.
Just north of the Post Office is the former Police Station, a crumbling example of colonial architecture with faded walls and a decrepit interior.
On the opposite corner of Oknha Santhomok Street, the Seven Bright restaurant occupies the space where Gerard Depardieu served drinks from behind the bar in City of Ghosts, and this is a fine spot to relax with a cold one.
Down narrow Street 100 nearby you'll find that evocative old-school Phnom Penh atmosphere with its old painted shutters, latticework window bars and faded terraces still used by residents for hanging the wash out to dry.
Stroll just south of the square and you'll find the old Indochina Bank building, which was restored in 2003 and now houses Van's Restaurant. The terrace at Van's is a great place to enjoy an aperitif while picturing French nobles doing the exact same thing over a century ago.
More detailsStreet 13 near the riverfront
Last updated: 29th January, 2013
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