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Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia with a funny name for a Russian ear Phnom Penh is the largest city with a population of over two million people and is one of the most attractive places for tourists. At one time the city was called the "Pearl of Asia", is now Phnom Penh is also known as the "City of four persons."This term arose because the city is located at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap, which then carry their water have been together under the name Mekong. In turn, the name "Phnom Penh" ("Phnom" means "hill"), the city was, according to legend, by a pious lady Penh, which is fished out of the river a few statues of the Buddha, which was brought over, and built a pagoda on the hill. It was in the XIV century, and since then the city grew rapidly, and in the XV century. became the capital of the state.

Wat Phnom ("Temple Mount") is still one of the main attractions of the city. In addition, the city is certainly worth a visit National Museum of Art, which stores unique pieces of Khmer culture, the Royal Palace, built in the XIX century. and the Silver Pagoda, so named because of its floor is 500 silver slabs, weighing about 1 kg each. In addition, to better understand and appreciate the culture and national character Rouge, go to the city's numerous markets. In the market-Dog Thmey ("New Market" or "Yellow market" or "Central Market"), for example, you can buy gold and silver jewelry, old coins, national clothes and shoes, flowers, Khmer food. Other known markets Dog-Tuol Tom Pong, Dog-O-Rassi, Kandal PSA, PSA-Chan, Dog-Horace, etc. And do not forget to haggle ...

Phnom interesting by the combination of cultures: Buddhist temples and pagodas are combined with colonial buildings and modern buildings. Along with expensive cars on the streets sweep motorcycles and scooters, and lazily moving tuk-tuki (tricycles Sidecar). With the same trees and then go down the wild monkeys that are spoiled way too much attention and tourists behave very arrogantly.