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Central Market, Phnom Penh

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One of the city's iconic landmarks, Central Market represents one of the best places to feel the pulse of the city, while you browse for souvenirs and bargain like a local. The market occupies a yellow art deco building from 1937. A huge stepped dome that covers its main hall--cool and vented even on a hot day--is its most distinctive feature. The four "arms" of the structure stretch from the four sides of the dome and are packed with stalls displaying an impressive array of goods from fresh food and clothing to gold jewelry and antique coins. Plan your visit to Central Market and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Phnom Penh itinerary planner .
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  • Wandered thru the central market- lots to see - the fish and vegetable markets were most colourful and you can grab a bite if you like Worth the visit  more »
  • as with everything in Phnom Penh it can be a little confusing but there are many bargains if you barter.. and some very fresh food to be bought on one side  more »
  • I deal with souvenirs, such as stores, but for local household goods and food products, main. Lively and interesting. So great would be lost. Meat shop-lined area is kinda tough.
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  • It’s nice, I enjoyed it. But be careful that they change the item when you ask for another size. I chose a Nike one but when I went back was a different brand. Just an estimate of price, depending on material, after bargaining (first quote). Cambodia colorful Pants - ($3) Cambodia plain pants - $5 ($7) Adidas sports shirt - $5 ($6) Columbia Khaki Bermudas - $6 ($8) Chopsticks. - $5 for 2 sets of 6 in each ($3 each set) Halter cambodia dress - $5 ($8) Pepper - $1 for small packet (no bother) Keen sandals - $24 ($35)
  • Good place. Shops got nice traditional souvenir. But be careful about the price. They ask four times more than that of actual price. Good place to bargain. Lol.
  • This is a market that sell Chinse made stuff. The building itself is interesting. Try the sugar cane juice very good. The fish and veg.section is quite interesting with all type of dried meat,  live fish and cooked insects including spiders and grasshopper.The smell is  overwhelming..So bring a mask.
  • Expat area.. Good wet market but a little too wet when I visited there. Easy place to get fresh seafood here. Many other things available here but not to my interest. Price is a little high for everyday spending
  • If you are visiting Phnom Penh this is one of the things to see. Originally built during the French colonial era it displays an interesting architecture from the '30s. Inside you can find everything from jewelry to clothing to food. I took many pictures. Beginning and ending from the southwest wing going in counterclockwise direction.

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