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The capital : PHNOM PENH

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The Water Festival
(Bon Om Touk)
The water festival lasts 3 days and the date fluctuates.
The day of the full moon in late October or early November, Cambodians cheer changing the direction of the river Tonle Sap, when the lake empties into the river, a unique event in the world.
On this occasion, do not miss the colorful canoe racing, opposite the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, at the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers along the shore, followed by dances and fireworks.
A part of the Royal Palace is closed to the public and access to the city by car is problematic.

Canoe races are sometimes held in the moat of Angkor Wat and the river crossing Siem Reap .
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The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is a complex of buildings which serves as home to the King of Cambodia.
Kings of Cambodia occupy it since his construction in 1860, with a period of absence when the country was in crisis during and after the Khmer Rouge period.
The palace was constructed after King Norodom I had moved the royal capital to Phnom Penh from Oudong in the mid-nineteenth century.
It is oriented East, located on the western shore of the Tonle Sap and the Mekong.

The complex is divided into three by the speakers:
      - The Silver Pagoda is at the northeast, its main buildings are home to many treasures national as Buddha statues made of gold and precious stones.
      - The Khemarin Palace is at southeast, used as a residence by the King.
      - And the central part contains the Throne Hall, still used for religious and royal ceremonies (as coronations and royal weddings).
The palace has various gardens with tropical flowers and plants.
Visitors can walk around the Silver Pagoda and the central complex including the Throne Hall and the Chan Chhaya Pavilion.
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The National Museum of Cambodia
Wat Phnom Pagoda

Located north of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, is the main historical and archaeological museum in Cambodia.

It contains one of the largest collections of Khmer art, with sculptures, ceramics and various ethnographic objects.

The museum has 14,000 pieces dating from prehistoric times and the Khmer Empire, which stretched from Thailand to South Vietnam.

It consists of four galleries surrounding a courtyard with pools in which you can admire the beautiful lotus.

The first gallery is devoted to bronze objects dating from prehistoric times.

The next two are assigned to the statues of the fourth to the fourteenth centuries.

The last to most recent objects.

Today, the museum also has religious functions thanks to its large collection of Buddhist and Hindu statues.

The museum has a library with many ancient books, some very valuable, palm leaves.

Wat Phnom (Hill Temple), is one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Phnom Penh, although the current building dates from 1926.

According to legend, Wat Phnom was built in 1373 to house the statues of Buddha on a wooded hillock 27 m high. It's Daun Penh (Grandma Penh), a wealthy widow, who had discovered four Buddha statues in bronze and stone in a tree trunk washed up on the banks of the Mekong. The stone statue is described as a deity standing, holding a stick and a conch hair up in a bun (which look more like an image of Vishnu). This statue was named Preah Neak Ta Cau.

After discovering the statues and have been placed under a canopy PROVISIONAL, Daun Penh would have raised the hill next to his house and built the shrine housing the statues, using wood trunk that was down the Mekong to the frame. A monastery was later moved to the west of the hill. The temple gave its name to the city of Phnom Penh.

On the east side of the hill, a grand staircase flanked by two nagas leads to the main entrance of Wat. Around the major sanctuary there are many smaller shrines, one dedicated to Madame Penh. Hill also includes a small shrine Chinese Buddhist.

The current building has many Buddha statues and murals.

To the west of the main sanctuary is a stupa containing the ashes of King Ponhea Yat, first king of Cambodia in Phnom Penh to choose death in 1431.

Wat Phnom is a very popular place for walking. On the hill itself, vendors birds can release a volatile and make a wish. Wat Phnom is also famous for its large population of monkeys (scroungers) to be have elected domicile. tourists An elephant walks on his back for a tour of the hill.
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The Tuol Sleng Museum

The Tuol Sleng Museum (Hill poison) is a former high school (Tuol Svay Prey: Hill wild mango) in Phnom Penh has been transformed by the Khmer Rouge in detention, torture and execution between 1975 and 1979. The school was so secret name as Security Prison 21 or S-21.

The Khmer Rouge S-21 enfermaient all perceived opponents of the plan, on any grounds. People were trapped both young and older people. There were women, children, and sometimes entire families (including babies) workers, intellectuals, ministers and diplomats Cambodian, but foreigners. The simple fact of glasses (including children) was sufficient to be considered intellectual and therefore "destroy."

Settlement security guards:

1 - Answer my question as I asked you that. Not trying to hijack mine.
2 - Do not try to escape by taking your ideas as pretexts hypocrites. It is absolutely forbidden to challenge me.

Settlement security guards:

3 - Do not be a fool for you are the man who opposed the revolution.
4 - Answer my question immediately without taking time to think.
5 - Do not talk about your small incidents committed against propriety. Speak not of the essence of the revolution.

Older classes on the second floor rooms served detention areas. People were trapped about 50 people.

Settlement security guards:

6 - During the beating or shock, it is forbidden to shout loudly.
7 - Sits quietly. Waiting for my orders, if there is no order, do nothing. If I ask you to do something, do it immediately without protest.
8 - Do not take on Kampuchea Krom pretext to conceal your mouth traitor.

Classrooms on the first floor, the Khmer Rouge made small brick cells summaries (the smallest about 1.5 m² containing three people, sometimes more), with doors wood square window, allowing guards constantly look what happened in the cells.

Settlement security guards:

9 - If you do not follow all the orders above, you will receive blows, son of electric shock and (you can not count the strokes).
10 - If you disobey any point of my regulations, you will be 10 lashes or 5 electroshocks.

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The Independence Monument

The Independence Monument was inaugurated in 1958 to commemorate the independence of Cambodia found.

The form represents a lotus flower button, it's decorated with Naga and it's reminiscent of the shape of the towers of Angkor Wat.

It's located at the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard.
Central market : Psar Thmey
This is a large market constructed in 1937 in the form of a dome with four arms branching corridors and vast stands of many goods. When it opened its doors in 1937, it was said to be the largest market in Asia.
Central market : Psar Thmey
Today, he still works as a market. From 2009 to 2011, he underwent a $ 4.2 million renovation funded by the French Development Agency..
Central market : Psar Thmey
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the four wings of this gigantic yellow dome full of stalls selling goods ranging from jewelery, antique coins, of men and women clothing, watches, books, flowers, food , fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, etc. ....
Night market : Psar Reatrey
The night market in Phnom Penh near the banks of the river is a town offering a wide range of handicrafts, such as Cambodian silks, trinkets and other souvenirs.
Night market : Psar Reatrey

Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 0:00,
 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Russian market : Psar Tuol Tom Pong
The market began to be frequented by foreigners during the 1980s, at a time when the majority of the foreign community in Cambodia was Russian, hence its name.
Russian market : Psar Tuol Tom Pong
Admittedly, it does not equal the architectural beauty of the central market, but there is a selection of items - souvenirs, trinkets, sculptures and silk - wider and more varied, as well as jewelry and gold. It is also the place to find pretty fabrics.
Olympic market : Psar Olympic
Located near the Olympic Stadium, at the western end of the boulevard Sihanouk, Olympic Market is one of the best places in town to find nice fabrics, most fabrics are textile end roll from Industry local garment.
Olympic market : Psar Olympic
The market is also a popular market among young Cambodians, they come on the market to buy clothes, shoes, accessories and other fashion items. You can find many products imported from China, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
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