The Global Tourism Institution - European Council on Tourism and Trade has decided to award to Phnom Penh the status of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in recognition of the cities large array of monuments, natural landmarks and historical and cultural patrimony.
On December 9, 2017 in an official ceremony the capital of The Kingdom of Cambodia was declared as a member of the select club of WORLD`S CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in recognition of the city incredible heritage and landmarks.
This is a travel journal recommending you some of the must see in the Asia`s capital: PHNOM PENH!
The temple has a strong connection with establishment of the capital city of Cambodia. The current name of the city Phnom-Penh in native language means literally the hill of Ms. Penh. According to a legend, a woman named Penh found a lot of little statues of Buddha in the river, and established the first settlement. She had the Wat Phnom temple built on the nearby hill to celebrate the Buddha statues found in the river. It is widely believed that the Wat Phnom temple was built in 1373.
PHNOM PENH ROYAL PALACE
The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings along with numerous other interesting buildings within the 183,135 square meters (421m x 435m) compound is The Khemarin Palace, also known as Prasat Khemarin or the “Palace of the Khmer King, even though it is generally understood to be the royal abode of the King of Cambodia.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA: NO 1. MUSEUM IN THE WORLD
The history of the National Museum of Cambodia goes back to the early 20th century. It was inaugurated on 13 April 1920 under the patronage of King Sisowath and the French Resident Francois Baudoin, and was named Musee Albert Sarraut after the Governor General of Indochina. The 90-year-old red sandstone building, George Groslier the French archaeologist (1887–1945) was the prime force in the establishment of the museum and he also designed the museum building.
The origin of the Ounalom Pagoda can be traced to as far back as the 15th Century. It was built in 1422 by King Ponyea Yat, the last king of the Khmer empire. It is one of the five original monasteries in Phnom Penh that King Ponhea Yat had built, the pagoda founded in the 1440’s in Phnom Penh when the City was made the Kingdom’s capital. Today, it is the head quarter of the Cambodian Buddhist patriarchate and it houses the residence of the Chief Monk.
Wat Botum Vathey is a wat located at Oknha Suor Srun Street 7, Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is located to the south of the Royal Palace of Cambodia, on the western side of Wat Botum Park. Founded by King Ponyea Yat in the 15th century, Wat Botum is one of the original Wats in Phnom Penh. It is also one of the more important temples in town with many local dignitaries having been buried here over the years.
PHNOM PENH CENTRAL MARKET
Central Market (Phsar Thmei) in Phnom Penh is one of those busy bazaars that are always filled with effervescent crowd from one end to the other. The Central Market (Phsar Thmei) of Phnom Penh stocks everything right from food items to clothes, silverworks and jewelries. Where the Central Market (Phsar Thmei) in Phnom Penh.
RUSSIAN MARKET IN PHNOM PENH
The Russian Markets are busy and full of life, as well as being able to buy thousands of things you don’t really need, and gifts for people who don’t really need them but you’ll have a marvelous experience just looking around. Just outside of the Russian Markets towards the back is a clump of shops. Psar Toul Tom Poung — Cambodia also known as the Russian Market this is possibly the best market in Phnom Penh to buy souvenirs with a large range of antiques both real and fake.
The Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) is situated at the cross of the Sihanouk and the Norodom Boulevards in the center of Phnom Penh. It was built in 1958 to commemorate the country’s victory against the French regime. The monument has the shape of a lotus shaped stupa which is familiar in the Angkor.
MEKONG ISLAND (KOH DACH)
Perhaps the key highlight of Mekong Island is its cohesive village communities that represent the rural ethnicity of this country. In other words, the island stands out for its unspoiled surroundings, where houses are erected on stilts and people lead a simple lifestyle while earning their livelihood primarily from agriculture, fishing and silk weaving.
EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY
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European Council on Tourism and Trade for destinations who promote their
cultural and historical patrimony, who put their unique community and
environment at the center of memorable tourism experiences; countries that put
in place policies to use tourism to make them better places for people to live
in and better places for people to visit.