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About Phnom Penh

Cambodian village, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Once known as “the Pearl of Asia,” this bustling Cambodian capital is home to both charming French colonial architecture and the monumental Angkorian complexes for which Cambodia is revered. Admire Wat Phnom, the tallest religious structure in the city; the Royal Palace, the Cambodian kings’ residential complex; the National Museum, the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum that houses one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer artifacts; and the Independence Monument, a lotus-shaped structure suggesting the great Khmer temples of Angkor Wat. The city is characterized by warm, humid temperatures and is home to a population that is heavily clustered around the age of 15—making Phnom Penh a veritable well of youthful beauty and energy. Enjoy a park-like riverfront with plenty of cafés and restaurants, and take part in the fast-paced nightlife.

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