Phnom Penh is the only one Capital of Cambodia. It is burgeoning year after year. Comparing to over last five years, Phnom Penh is now very beautiful and quite different from what we saw before.
Legend has it that the city of Phnom Penh was founded when an old woman named Penh found four Buddha images that had come to rest on the banks of the Mekong River. She housed them on a nearby hill, and the town that grew up here came to be known as Phnom Penh (Hill of Penh).
The story, however, gives no hint as to why, in the 1430ss, Angkor was abandoned and Phnom Penh was chosen as the site of the new Cambodian capital. The move has been much lamented as evidence of cultural decline, but it made a good deal of practical sense. Angkor was poorly situated for trade and subject to attacks from the Siamese (Thai) kingdom of Ayutthaya.
Phnom Penh commanded a more central position in the Khmer territories and was perfectly located for riverine trade with Laos and China, via the Mekong Delta. The Tonle Sap river provided access to the rich fishing grounds of the Tonle Sap lake.
Wat Ounalom, the most important temple of Phnom Penh
Wat Unaloam, located near the Royal Palace, is an ideal monastery for tourist to learn about Cambodian’s Buddhism …
Address: Ly Yoak Lay Street (172), Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia
Central Market (Psar Thom Thmei)
The distinctive art-deco styling of the Central Market makes it stand out among the architecture of …
Address: Prey Nokor Street (126), Calmette Street (53), Samdech Preah Sangk Neayok Souk St. (136) and Samdach Sang Neayok Srey Street (67), Phnom Penh, Cambodia