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Phnom Penh, located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River, is the
capital and most populous city in Cambodia. It has been the national
capital since the French colonization of the country. The city was once
known as the 'Pearl of Asia'. A large amount of the tourist attractions in
the city make the tourists know about the rich history and illustrious
cultural heritage of the city.
An iconic landmark located in the heart of the city, Independence Monument
is locally known as Vimean Ekareach. It is an impressive monument
signifying Cambodia's liberation from French. Festivities of national
festivals such as Independence Day (9th November) and Constitution Day
(24th September) are organized at this monument.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Formerly Tuol Svay Pray High School, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was turned
into torture, interrogation, and execution centre by the Khmer Rouge
regime. The classrooms of the school were alienated into tiny cells.
Nowadays, this site is used as a museum that also puts on display around
6000 evocative portraits of the prisoners for guests to know about the
tragic history of Cambodia.
Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Located next to each other, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda span about
174870 square meters of greenery and captivating Khmer architecture. The
king of Cambodia still lives in the Royal Palace. Visitors can traverse
several buildings within the palace that encompasses Moonlight Pavilion and
the Throne Hall. The admission to the Silver Pagoda is free of cost and
visitors can visit the Emerald Buddha that dates to the 17th century.
Best Time to Visit Phnom Penh
Weather-wise, best time to book flights from Los Angeles to Phnom Penh is
from November to March. For those who prefer to dodge the crowds and book
Phnom Penh flights when prices are lower, the best time to visit is from
May to early October.