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Cultural sightseeing in Cambodia. What to visit - museums, temples, castles and palaces

Sunset  -  Royal Palace Park  -  Phnom Penh Cambodia is an amazingly beautiful country, whose sights attract tourists from all over the world. It is not only Cambodian nature famous for its magnificent landscapes and picturesque views, but also ancient temples and monuments, majestic palaces, and interesting museums. Must-visit places include the Angkor National Museum opened in 2007, which is located in Siem Reap. Its exhibition presents archaeological artifacts belonging to the age of the Khmer Empire found in the historical area of Angkor. In the museum halls, you can see the exhibits devoted to the history and culture of the ancient Khmers: stone inscriptions, clothing, jewelry, household items. The museum also introduces visitors to the influence of Buddhism on the lives of indigenous people of Cambodia.
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The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a true architectural monument paying tribute to the country's terrible past. Today it has become a direct evidence of several years of the whole nation's extermination. The museum building was originally a regular school, which was later closed. The facility was converted into the Security Prison S21 where victims of the persecution of the "Khmer Rouge" were held. This is the left-wing regime, whose representatives had been in power for 4 years in Cambodia. The prisoners were brutally killed and buried in the "death fields" located nearby.
One of the finest and most unusual places in Phnom Penh is the spectacular Royal Palace. Built as far back as the early 19th century for the royal family, today it serves as the residence of the King of Cambodia. Under its roof are several wonderful premises, including the Throne Hall and the Ivory Pavilion. In publicly accessible pavilions of the palace, you can admire many historic frescoes. The picturesque Royal Gardens are spreading around. Nearby are the Napoleon Pavilion, the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Treasury. One of the gems of the palace complex is a Buddha statue carved from a solid piece of emerald. Copyright
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The Temple of the Lotus Blossoms built in the middle of the 15th century stands out among other ancient Cambodian temples. Today, it is rightfully considered one of the most important religious centers for Khmer people. The temple building features an unusual exterior. Members of the royal family and other prominent figures from the history of the country are buried in the temple's courtyard. Nearby is a huge park where you can see several ancient sculptures. Their creation dates back to the period of the Cambodian-Vietnamese friendship. The national pride of Khmers is the 12th-century temple complex Angkor Wat erected in honor of the Hindu deity Vishnu. The building is surrounded by a water-filled moat. This complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as the largest temple in the world.
Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia Another landmark of Cambodia is the Independence Monument. It was built in the 50s of the 20th century to memorialize the country's independence from the French protectorate. The structure stands on the intersection of Sihanouk and Norodom boulevards in the central part of Phnom Penh. It has the shape of a lotus-shaped stupa. The monument's general style reflects the architecture of the Angkor Wat. On days of important holidays, the historical monument turns into a center of celebrations: it is decorated with bright ribbons in the colors of the national flag, and fire is lit on the inner pedestal. After sunset, tourists come to admire the beautiful illumination and take some memorable photos. A visit to the Independence Monument is absolutely free.
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On the Mekong River banks, in the middle of the picturesque Botum Park, is the Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument. It was commissioned by the Vietnamese Communists as a gift to Cambodia to commemorate its liberation from the "Khmer Rouge".` The construction was completed in the late 70's of the 20th century. Since then, it has symbolized the establishment of friendly ties between the two Asian countries. Nearby there are several cool fountains. An ideal place to walk after sightseeing is Sisowath Quay. There are many historic buildings of the 19th century stretching along it. The main events of the New Year celebration and the Water Festival take place here.
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Cambodia is also famous for its exotic dishes. Many experienced travelers say that locals eat just about anything in this country. One of the most famous national delicacies of Cambodia is balut. This boiled duck egg looks no different from the usual. However, the main secret of delicacy is hidden inside the shell. Locals cook eggs, inside of which there is already a full-fledged chick. Not every adrenaline-seeker is courageous enough to eat it.

In Cambodia, balut is considered a predominantly male meal as the locals believe that it positively affects the potency. The most high-quality and useful is an egg surrounded by the amniotic juice. The latter is considered a powerful aphrodisiac. It is important to note that the dish is widespread not only in Cambodia, but also in Vietnam, Laos, … Read all

Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat temple located in Cambodia is one of the top large scale religious buildings of the world. It is the great monument of Khmer art known throughout the world. The luxurious temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu covers an area of ​​over 400 square meters. The three-tier structure with a complex system of passages and stairways is amazing. Construction of this outstanding temple took place in second half of the 12th century. Three centuries later,  the unique temple has come to a complete desolation.

Europeans got acknowledged about this prominent religious sight in the second half of the 19th century. Since then the awesome temple was attracting an incredible number of travelers and explorers every year. The main attraction of Cambodia hides many secrets, especially those … Read all
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Siem Reap
The location of this unique temple and many other iconic constructions is the ancient city of Angkor, a capital of the powerful Khmer Empire. As scientists have found, the territory of the ancient capital was occupied by two large temple complexes. The temple of Angkor Wat is located in the mountainous area and near it were the ruins of the temple complex Angkor Thom found. The considerable part of old constructions was restored, so walks along the ancient capital promise to be very exciting. … Read more
Phnom Penh
As for other museums, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum should be noted. It is located in the building of the prison called Tuol Sleng. Before the Khmer came to the city, the building had been a location of school, which classrooms and halls were reconstructed into prison cells. Only 8 prisoners got out of prison alive and more than 14 000 people died here. Not all attractions of Phnom Penh are shadowed by the tragic past. The city has preserved a lot of beautiful architectural monuments. … Read more

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