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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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  • October 5, 2017
    Brace yourself for funky smells and crowds. I do not recommend going for the jewelry or clothes as they are a bit overpriced if you ask me. I am unsure of the jewelry quality. The knock off electronic...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Lots of variety , most stall holders are not pushy and are willing to bargain. a lot of copies of famous brands. It is what it is , most of the things I bought were good value for the price with the o...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    The building is really nice in terms of its architecture.. different stuff one can find and priced reasonably.. but you need to haggle  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Traditional mixed variety of stalls selling range of 'local' things. Usual collection of clothing, handicrafts, silver and gold plates jewelry, trinkets etc. Nice place to shop for gifts and souvenirs. Don't be shy to bargain, but be reasonable, they are trying to make a decent living after all :). Worth a visit. Always find pleasant and non-pushy sellers.
  • July 3, 2017
    One of the famous market and also tourism site that many foreigner visit to buy clothes and souvenir as gifts. The architecture is cool. It has a dome in the center and 6 aisles with 6 entrances. Every aisle has a category for what it sells here. You can get good price here but dont forget, bargain!
  • June 20, 2017
    Impressive architecture. Local market so don't expect to much touristy goods but it's a nice place if you need tu buy cheap clothes
  • July 12, 2017
    You'll find everything here. This place is fantastic. Try eating from the independent hawker rather than the food stalls in the market, they are far too expensive inside. USD 15 for a damn squid.
  • May 3, 2017
    Indoor market in historic French building with lots of small shops selling the usual clothing and phone accessories your find everywhere else in Asia. Outside your will find some stalls that sell fresh produce. The building has a beautiful art deco design and it's windows let in a lot of light which colors very nicely with the yellow-ish paint of the building.

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