Where to go in Phnom Penh, the first guide to go and do in Phnom Penh

Tourists come to Phnom Penh city of Cambodia mostly have to go to some remarkable places for the their first thing to do and to go in their travel to Phnom Penh city.

It would help you to understand a little more about Cambodia and its culture, as well the history of the country.

Mostly when you planed your trip with travel agent's, you will properly be brought to those places in Phnom Penh city, and in case you just come without any plans with travel agent's, you also can do this visiting around the places by your own.

While you arrive at Phnom Penh international Airport, you can get visa on arrival and here things inside of international Airport services

The first place is Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

Royal Palace from outside by  mekong-cruises.net

The Royal palace is located along Sothearos Blvd. It is surrounded by a high yellow crenellated wall and distinctively marked by the spired Chanchhaya Pavilion facing the river front. Inside the Palace grounds the royal buildings sit majestically amidst manicured gardens.

The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex mix of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. Buildings with beautiful towering spires seen in the compound are a great example of classic Khmer architecture.


Silver Pagoda by Indochina Voyages
On the south side of the Royal Palace is the Silver Pagoda otherwise know officially as PreaKeo Morakot or Temple of the Emerald-Crystal Buddha. This is unique amongst pagodas and is so named because the floor is covered by more than 5,000 silver tiles. It is here that the King meets with monks and here that Royal Ceremonies are held. This pagoda houses a collection of priceless Buddhist and historical objects including the "Emerald Buddha," and unlike other pagodas, no monks reside here. The temple building, library and galleries were first constructed between 1892 and 1902

The second place is Independence Monument

Independence monument by visitcambodiatravel.com

It called in Khmer "Vimean Ekareach"was built in 1058 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. It srands in the middle of a roundabout at the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk Blvd in the center of the city. Renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann designed the monument in the shape of a lotus bud adorned with Naga heads to resemble the great Khmer temple at the Angkor historical sites.

Decorated with fountains at it base, it now serves also as a monument to Cambodia's war dead. At night the monument is illuminated by red, blue and white floodlights, the colors of the Cambodian flag. It is the site of celebrations and services on holidays such as Independence Day and constitution Day.

The third place is National Museum

National museum Phnom Penh by Cambodiamuseum.info

The National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh is the country's leading historical and archaeological museum. The foundation stone was laid on 15 August 1917 and the building inaugurated during Khmer New Year on 13 April 1920 in the presence of H.M King Sisowath. It now display more than 14,000 items; the world's largest collection of Khmer art, including sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects dating from prehistoric times to periods before, during, and after the Khmer Empire.

Visiting the museum after a trip to the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap helps lend context to the Angkoriean artifacts on display.

The forth place is Wat Phnom or Phnom Daun Penh Pagoda

Wat Phnom by phnom-dpenh.blogspot.com

The Wat Phnom temple sitting at 27 metres (89ft) high, is the most significant of all the temples in Phnom Penh.

The legend of the founding of Wat Phnom is tied to the beginnings of Phnom Penh. Legend has it that in 1372, Lady Penh fished a floating Koki tree trunk out of the river. Inside the trunk were four bronze and one stone Buddha statue. She ten ordered here people to elevate a piece of here properties for a shrine to revere hare sacred find. The elevated Phnom (hill) and the small temple (wat) is known as Wat Phnom and the region became know after the hill (Phnom) and its creator (Penh), hence the name of the city "Phnom Penh" today.

The current temple was last built in 1926. The large stupa there now contains the remains of King Ponhea Yat (1405-1467) who had moved the Khmer capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh during the early 15th century.

The fifth place is Riverside

Riverside Phnom Penh by youtube.com/SzZDAKVX9iM

The riverfront offers some of the city's most pleasant areas and interesting sites. Pubs, galleries, cafes, restaurants and shops sit along Sisowath Quay on the side opposite the walkway overlooking the Chaktomuk, the confluence of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and the Bassac Rivers. The Silver Pagoda and the National Museum are also located in the vicinity.

Enjoy the pleasant ambience, mingle with the crowd or stroll up the riverfront for a drink or a quick snack. There are several good boutiques and restaurants in the streets off the main Blvd. Check out street 178 next to National Museum. That "Art Street" is dotted with interesting little art galleries and shops that sell souvenirs and fine silk pieces.

In fact, just simply being at the riverfront, is itself a pleasure, not to be missed.

So, these places are the most arranged to be visited for your first things to do in Phnom Penh city of Cambodia. Have a good trip to you all.

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