Phnompenh tourist attractions
Phnompenh tourist Attractions can be listed as below:
1. Royal Palace
Royal Palace is the first of Phnompenh Tourist Attractions, it was built in the mid-nineteenth century, the Royal Palace is of great importance to Phnom Penh. It serves as the residence of the King of Cambodia and his family, as well as foreign dignitaries. The present King, Norodom Sihamoni is living in the palace with a private part which is not opened to tourists.
Only the Silver Pagoda can be visited, which originally constructed of wood in 1866 and expanded in 1962 by King Sihanouk who had the floor inlaid with 5,329 solid silver tiles. Inside its gleaming yellow walls are the Throne Hall, the Chan Chaya Pavillion, the Napoleon III Pavilion, and the King’s and Queen’s residential quarters.
Location: Samdech Sothearos Boulevard between 184th Street and 240th Street
2. Independence Monument
Independence Monument is second of Phnompenh Tourist Attractions, it was built to mark the Cambodia’s liberation from France in 1958. Completed in 1958, it erects at the center of Phnom Penh city, as a proud testament to show the respect to the people who dedicated their whole lives to the welfare of the country.
It represents the traditional Angkorian architecture with the model of a lotus and the multi-headed snakes that titivate the five levels of lotus bud. The King of Cambodia or the representative of the King will hold grand ceremony on the Independent Day to commemorate the liberation. It is best viewed at night when the monument and the fountain is illuminated by blue, red and white floodlights. The monument is just few blocks from the landmarks of the city, such as Wat Phnom and Royal Palace.
3. Wat Phnom
Wat Phnom is thirth of Phnompenh Tourist Attractions, With a height of about 30 meters, Wat Phnom located on a hill and is a city landmark and a popular place for locals and tourists to pray for good luck and success in school exams or business affairs. It is originally built atop a hill in 1373 and was destroyed later. The wat travelers visit today was rebuilt in 1926 and restored heavily in 1998.
Standing at the hill, tourists can overlook the Phnom Penh with a whole view sights. Down the hill is a little park where local people often take a stroll and have fun here. The handrails along the stone stairs leading to the wat are all decorated with exquisite Angkorian carvings.
4. National Museum
National Museum is the fourth of Phnompenh Tourist Attractions. It was opened in 1920, the National Museum offers a charming setting for a stunning collections of ancient Khmer art, pictures taken by French photographers and carvings of Angkor Wat. It is another traditional Khmer architecture in Cambodia, housed within an impressive red sandstone structure.
Works in the museum are divided into four categories: stone, metal, wood and ceramics. It underwent a serious damage during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1957 to 1979 and was refurbished in the 1990s with the aids from the Australian Government and other patrons. In the center of the museum locates a statue of god surounded by four man-made lotus ponds. In the Bronze Gallary, visitors can take a look at the bronze-casting methods practiced during the Angkorian period from the 6th to 13th centuries. The museum is located on Street 13 in central Phnom Penh, near the Royal Palace. Visitors can enter at the corner of Streets 13 and 178.