City sights around the streets of Phnom Penh
During our days in Phnom Penh we enjoyed many city sights, some we passed often, other city sights were unusual and different. The Independence Monument we saw many times. This Monument is on one of the main thoroughfares at a roundabout. There are many large statues or monuments standing in the center of roundabouts in the main cities of Cambodia.
Familiar city sights in Phnom Penh
The Independence Monument is an imposing reddish-brown structure, built-in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953. The Monument is at the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the center of Phnom Penh. The Independence Monument is in the form of a lotus-shaped Stupa, based on the famous towers of Angkor Wat. Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann conceived the design for the structure.
Wat Ounalom- the most important Wat of Phnom Penh
We passed Wat Ounalom many times, I was always impressed by the sight of a large, imposing grey Stupa in the grounds, clearly visible from the bus. Wat Ounalom is on Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh and is one of many city sights free to enter and enjoy. It is the most important Wat in Phnom Penh and headquarters of the Buddhist order in Cambodia. A large complex, established in 1443, consisting of 44 structures. Although damaged during the years of the Khmer Rouge, the Wat has now been restored.
Samdech Huot Tat, the revered leader of the Buddhist order in Cambodia, was murdered by the Khmer Rouge for his religious beliefs. The Khmer Rouge then threw his statue in the Tonle Sap river, however, the statue was later recovered and is now on view on the second floor of the main temple.
Behind the main building of the complex stands a Stupa which holds an eyebrow hair of Buddha. There is also a large Buddhist Library in the main temple. Don’t miss an opportunity to have a walk through the grounds of this peaceful complex when you have an hour to spare. It is in walking distance from Sisowath Quay or the National Museum. It is also easy to hire a tuk tuk if you don’t feel like walking. A tuk tuk is cheap transport, drivers helpful and pleasant, a nice way to see the city sights of Phnom Penh. The Wat is open from dawn to dusk everyday.
Traffic and transport - city sights of Phnom Penh
Traffic in Phnom Penh has modern cars, tuk tuks, taxi’s, motor bikes, and bicycles. Judging by the number of motor bikes on the streets, motor bikes would seem the main form of family transport. They carry all the family, up to three or four people some times (mum, dad and two or three children).
Cambodia has introduced some safety measures for riders. The driver now has to wear a helmet? Pretty scary stuff in peak hour traffic, especially when little children are on board. We saw plenty of this when returning to Phnom Penh on the bus late one evening. The traffic is quite chaotic, many close calls between motor bikes and larger vehicles.
Local Barber shop – Phnom Penh – city sights
The local barber operates in Phnom Penh city streets and is kept busy by the locals. I suspect he may have to close up shop quickly when the monsoon rains arrive. However, he appears ready for a quick getaway.
The other modern con Cambodian people are quite attached to is the mobile phone. They are very popular with the city dwellers as well as country dwellers. This contrasts hugely sometimes with their living circumstances, but being able to keep in contact with their families must make a big difference in their lives.
Tomorrow we look forward to visiting our first Cambodian Temple and the seaside resort of Kep……
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