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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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  • The central market was close to our hotel - about a 20 minute walk. The central part is inside an octaganol shaped building with lanes radiating out from it where shaded stalls are set up on both side...  more »
  • The Central Market was buzzing when I was last there, and it was fun to bargain for goods such as T-shirts and pencil cases as gifts for the "folks back home".The ochre coloured Art Deco buildings loo...  more »
  • Original structure dating from 1937 built by a french during the colonial period it is the largest covered market d Asia and the 5th place in the world. .
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  • The location of Central Market is very convenient and accessible to the general public. The service is good and the rates are very reasonable. Central Market offers value for your money. This is a one stop shop offering a variety of goods anf services. Tourists looking for souvenir items can buy reasonably priced items here.
  • A big beautiful market with lots of things for you to buy such as clothes, shoes, food, accessories, paintings, sculptures, etc. The price is reasonable according to the products. The sellers are really nice. The place is not messy or dirty like some other markets. Overall, this is a great place to do your shopping as there're almost everything here for you.
  • This is a big market and lots of different stuff. Clothes, electronics, kitchen ware...it's all there. Be prepared to "negotiate". Often, the finishing price is between 35 - 50% of the original ask price... But it can be a lot of fun.
  • You can bring kids to this market, it's not overly crowded and relatively clean. Parking is horrible, on any day you can search for 1 hour and not find a spot. Loads of police are ready to ticket you if you go the wrong way so be sure to follow the signs. Other than that the market has all the great options you could want. They really do sell just about everything. It is a gold mind of items. If you like to shop this is a great market for you. Prices are low and they're very tourist-friendly. We also have lunch there often and find many good options that have never given us a sick stomach. You seriously can find everything at Central Market it's great
  • Compared to other markets in Asia this one is beautiful! The building has been overhauled and now offers an improved shopping experience. The alleys are a bit wider than elsewhere and there is much more light and space in general. You don't only get cheap products but also high quality stuff and prices are comparable to other markets in PP. Prefer it over the Russian market.
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