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French colonial architecture - Battambang

| 03 Apr 2013


French colonial architecture - Battambang

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03 Apr 2013

Battambang is home to some of Indochina's best preserved colonial era architecture. It can be easily explored on foot or bicycle over a few hours from downtown.

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The eastern bank of the Sangkar River that runs through Battambang town centre has some of Cambodia's best French colonial, mainly shophouse style, architecture. Some of the buildings have been spruced up but most are in various states of  decline.

The former colonial Governor's residence is perhaps the most famous but there are many others around town. The bank buildings on the riverfront close by the central market have been carefully renovated.

They're all easily visited by bicycle, tuk-tuk, or on foot.

Check out the Chinese temple on the riverfront as well.

For a free map and further information about Battambang's architecture, check out the KA tours link.
Mark Bowyer
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