Psar Thmei - Grand Market Phnom Penh - review by Rusty Compass
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Psar Thmei - Grand Market Phnom Penh

| 03 Feb 2011


Psar Thmei - Grand Market Phnom Penh
Downtown between sts. 126 and 136

Our rating
03 Feb 2011

Phnom Penh’s historic grand market is a visual spectacle and throbbing haven of commerce. It is one of the city’s most distinctive architectural structures.

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Phnom Penh’s Central Market - known in Khmer as Psar Thmei - is as much an architectural and people watching adventure as it is a shopping stop. Most travellers prefer the Russian Market for shopping.

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Photo: Mark BowyerPsar Thmei and the Lexus - symbols of old and new in Phnom Penh.

Designed and built by the French, it opened for business in 1937 - its scale and engineering accomplishment a first for the city. Psar Thmei is Phnom Penh’s most extravagant art-deco edifice and one of a handful of architectural landmarks in the city.

As for the shopping, there are plenty of clothes, handicrafts, jewellery and silkwares. Be sure to bargain.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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