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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. Put Central Market and other Phnom Penh attractions into our Phnom Penh trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • A great range of things to buy in the huge market. You could easily spend hours here wandering around. You do get heckled by store owners but no more than you would expect any where in Asia! 
  • We were supposed to visit the Russian Market as per our tour itinerary. Our guide however decided that the location of the Central Market worked in better with our itinerary and said that the building...  more »
  • Really underwhelming market for SE Asia. All the vendors sell the same tacky clothes (tacky even for SEA markets), jewelry, or electronics. Nothing special after seeing the Bangkok Chatuchak market, t...  more »
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  • Interesting market structure, lots of products, reasonable prices if you haggle down some. I also felt less harassed to buy and go into individual stalls than I have felt at other markets in South East Asia which is nice. I had a nice meal at a stand here too. I got minced meat with pea eggplant and rice and a sweet iced coffee for 2$USD, at that price I didn't even try to barter!
  • First impression is the amazing architecture build and designed in 1930s by the famed Vanmonyvan. Inside at middle point I admire the structure even more. Now the market sell a lot of products from diamond jewary to grocery and street food. Really worth a visit.
  • Nothing is special, except the fried insects. We got couple of belostomatid with the price of 1 dollar each. The taste was rather weird, but smell quite nice. Good thing, i didn't have stomach problem afterwards.
  • This place gave me feelings of claustrophobia and I wandered around aimlessly. Lol I def recommend going early and with a guide or someone that can help you haggle in Khmer. I found some surprising cheap finds. Yet I wasn't expecting the number of stalls crammed in the small spaces and constantly being called over to buy saw me leave earlier than I thought I would. I basically spent time photographing and seeing what I could. There is a dizzying array of jewelry vendors and a million stalls with live seafood and dried fish near the outside. Caution this market isnt for the squeamish they do kill and prepare the chickens and seafood just right there so keep that in mind otherwise its a place you gotta go if you are just visiting PP for first time.
  • I love this Market ever since they updated it back a few years ago. Open air easy to maneuver. They have lots of clothing and other stuff that's very very interesting.