According to a legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 AD to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the waters of the mighty Mekong river and
Toul Sleng Museum
ToulSleng (“poisonous hill”) or S21 (“Security Office 21″), was the former TuolSvay Prey high school. The Khmer Rouge set up a prison at this site in May 1976 to detain
This museum houses varied sculptures, relics and artifacts, but its main highlights are those from the Angkor area. Entrance costs US$2 and an extra dollar if you wan to take photos.
Modeled on Angkor Wat’s central tower, it was built in 1958 to commemorate the country’s independence from France in 1953. It also serves as a memorial to Cambodia’s war dead and is sometimes referred as the Victory Monument.
Known in Khmer as ChoeungEk, this is just one of the places where Pol Pot’s regime slaughtered people without mercy in their thousands and buried them in mass graves. (7km SW of the city.)
This regal complex is reminiscent of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, though on a smaller scale. This can work to the visitor’s advantage, however, when one realises that with
The floor is covered with silver tiles (hence its name), though most of it is protected by a red carpet. Inside you will find the Emerald Buddha.
Trips on the river are a popular excursion for visitors. Local tourist boats are available for hire on the riverfront and can usually be arranged on the
Another shopping paradise with plenty of branded goods on sale for those with good bargaining skills. Be warned, however, that this place is not for the claustrophobic.