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Phnom Penh – the charming city

Phnom Penh – the charming city

 

The capital of Cambodia is sure charming, when you are thrown right into touristy sightseeing spots. Looking around the city independently you will have to look harder to to find the charming side of a country that is just beginning to blossom, with anti corruption units forming, growing child abuse and sex trafficking awareness – what you will notice is that Phnom Penh’s appearance is gradually changing.

From 1975-1979 one fifth of Cambodia’s people lost their lives to famine and murder during the Red Khmer attempt to establish agrarian utopia, forcing millions out of their urban homes to work on the land, killing and torturing intellectuals, minorities, religious groups and whoever was considered a subversive element. Phnom Penh was left a ghost town under the regime of Pol Pot, who was never put on trial for committing genocide.

Nowadays Phnom Penh’s charm lies more in the village character than in a bustling metropolitan atmosphere, but is also found in the remnants of old French Indochine architecture, which undergoes renovation and is brought back to life. We saw many decaying beautiful art nouveau houses that I am sure of will proudly present themselves again in old splendor in the near future. There are more and more signs of the modern world finding its way to Phnom Penh with sweet small boutiques and traditional but modern Khmer eateries that serve decent meals, dusting off communist dark and depressive restaurants.

 

I have put together some pictures that mirror this slowly wakening capital.

 

Sleepy guy.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Women seller on river promenade.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Street view.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

The dreadlock man teaches children how to swim.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Get a haircut – right on the street or in a salon.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

The hairdresser with the best location in town.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Rickshaw man coming our way to offer a ride.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Khmer solar company.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Steel industry in town.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Child with mother selling toys for children.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Popular family spot in front of the royal palace.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

New riverside promenade.

Phnom Penh riverside promenade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evening event in front of Paragon mall.

Paragon mall in Phnom Penh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shops inside Paragon mall. Spooky, empty interior.

Shops in Phnom Penh's mall

 

Cambodian Family Mart: more going on outside than inside.

Phnom Penh - charming city impressions

 

Competitive food shops on wheels.

Phnom Penh food on wheels Phnom Penh food on wheels

 

Hangout for youngsters: the popular supermarket in the heart of the city. By Cambodian standards it is very well stocked.

Supermarket in Phnom Penh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern cafes serving drinks to go.

New Cafe in Phnom Penh New Cafe in Phnom Penh

 

The wat gate. From tranquillity and incense aroma to street life and sewage smells.

Wat entrance in Phnom Penh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From old time rickshaws to modern motorbikes. The next step will be cars and traffic.

Motorbikes in Phnom Penh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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