SIGHTS
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia

Area Code 023 US$1=4100riel, June 27, 2005

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S1 Royal Palace: Royal residence - only a small section is open to the public. 8-11, 14-17:00, admission $3, Camera $2, Video $5, The ticket valid for Silver Pagoda.
Throne Room: Main building left of entrance. Built in 1917 in Khmer style. Houses Royal thrones, and a sacred gong. The walls are painted with scenes from the Ramayana.
Royal Treasury: Built 1866, S of throne room.
Napoleon III villa: Originally belonged to Empress Eugenie.
S2 National Museum of Art: St.13, btwn St. 178 & St. 184. N from Royal Palace, The garden is free but inside US$3 Camera US$2, 8-17:00, Built in 1920. Khmer style. designed by G Groslier, French archeologist/ painter. Photography allowed only in gardens. Display of Khmer art. The main attraction is the statue of Harihara. English guides available. Shop attached. Rec
S3 Silver Pagoda: Wat Preah Keo, Next to Royal Palace
The Royal Palace tickets are valid here. 8-11, 14:30-17
Pagoda of Emerald Buddha. The floor is covered with over 5000 silver tiles.No photography inside the pagoda. The 17th C Emerald Buddha statue is made of Baccarat crystal. Also on display are a number of other Buddha's, relics and presents from foreign dignitaries.
S4 Tuol Soeng Museum:(Museum of Genocide) St.103, near St.350. US$2/8000r 8-18:00, Guides available
A vivid, emotive memorial to crimes committed during the KR regime, left exactly as it was found in 1979.
Formerly a high school, was used as a torture/ interrogation center by the Khmer Rouge. About 17,000 victims were taken to camps at Choeng Ek (the Killing Fields) and executed. Others who died during interrogation were buried in mass graves in the grounds.
Photos of the thousands of tortured and dying victims cover the walls. Instruments of torture are also exhibited. Highly Rec
S5 French Embassy: Monivong Blvd. & St.76. N from Wat Penh. Used as a refuge by expatriates and Cambodians when Pol Pot's troops entered the city in 1975. Safe exit was denied to most Cambodians, many died in the killing fields. It is still being used as embassy.
S6 Former US Embassy: Norodom & Issarak Blvd.
Now Ministry of Fisheries.Execution of leading members of the government took place on the tennis courts in 1975.
S7 Victory Monument: Samdeck Sothearos Blvd, S of Royal Palace. Built 1958 to commemorate Independence.
S8 Wat Ounalom: St. 54+Samdech Sothearos, N from museum. Originally site of a monastery housing a hair of Buddha. Most important Wat in Phnom Penh. HQ of the Buddhist movement. Surviving, in spite of Khmer Rouge's past attempts to demolish it. Bust of Buddha on 1st level, Frescoes of Buddha's life on 2nd level.
S9 Wat Phnom: N end of Norodom Blvd. The donation may be asked to enter the temple.7-18:30 US$1 We are not sure it is the official or not. Site of a monastery built in 1372 by a Women called Penh (hence the town's name Phnom Penh) to house 4 statues of Buddha, found inside a tree washed up on the river bank. On weekends and some evenings elephant rides are available,
S10 Wat Lang Ka: Off Norodom Blvd. Near Victory Monument. Destroyed during Pol Pot regime, restored in Khmer style. Entrance Free
S11 Killing Field(Choeung Ek): 9km SW from town, $2
take Pokambor Blvd. motor bike taxi
US$5(need to negotiate), Tour $2/p, or rent a motor bike. About 40,000 people were murdered here by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1978.
The scenery - orchards and rice fields- provides no visual signs of the atrocities. A Memorial Stupa was erected in 1988. Skulls and skeletons, moved from the mass graves, are displayed in the Stupa.

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