Phsar Thmei (Central Market)

Stunning historical building

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What we say: 4 stars

Built in 1937, this stunning ochre-coloured art-deco ziggurat designed by Vann Molyvann is the most unlikely of buildings in Phnom Penh. A huge dome with four wings, it's an amazingly cool place to seek refuge in the middle of the day and is also a fascinating market to wander through. The area of the market under the dome is given over to gold and watch merchants, while the wings hold consumer electronics -- generally low quality -- along with household goods and clothing. Just outside the walls is a sprawling wet market which is a lot cleaner than the nearby Phsar Chas (Old Market). On the eastern side of the market are a range of tourist stalls selling photocopied books, maps and kramas and further out still is the fresh flower section. Phsar Thmei is a good spot for sightseeing, but not really for shopping. The vendors often start with such inflated prices it is not even worth bargaining.

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Intersection of Kampuchea Krom & Street 63
Last updated: 22nd April, 2009

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