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National Museum


National Museum - Phnom Penh
Built in 1917 in traditional Khmer architecture and inaugurated in 1920 by King Sisowat. It houses more than 5000 pre-Angkorian and Angkorian artifacts and it is the world best collections of Khmer archaeological, religious and artistic artifacts from the 4th to the 13th century.

Silver Pagoda - Phnom Penh 
Formerly a wooden building, was rebuilt by King Sihanouk in 1962. The pagoda's steps are of Italian marble, and inside, its floor is comprised of more than 5,000 silver blocks which together weights nearly 6 tones. In the center of the pagoda is a magnificent 17th Buddha statue made of Baccarat crystal. In front is a 90 kg golden Buddha studded with 9,584 diamonds, dating from 1906. It was made from the jewelers of King Norodom.

Royal Palace was mainly built by the French in 1866 on the site of the old town. The entrance is on Samdech Sothearos Blvd via the Pavilion of Dancers. Opposite the entrance are the walls of the royal residence and the stable of the with elephant. The pagoda-style compound was build by the French, and since November 1991, has been home, once again, to Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The main building on the compound is the Throne Room which was build in 1917. It has a tiered roof and a 59 m tower, influenced by Angkor's Bayon Temple. It was used for coronations and other official occasions such as the reception of foreign ambassadors when they presented their official credentials.

Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh 
Located on a man-made hill, 27 meters high, from which the city takes his name. The pagoda was built for the first time by the lady Penh in 1372 to house four Buddha statues said to have been deposited by the waters of the Mekong River. The present temple was build in 1926.

Independence Monument - Phnom Penh
It was build in 1958 to commemorate independence from France 1956. 

Tuol Sleng Museum - Phnom Penh
Called also the "Museum of Genocide", was a high school, before it became the main torture and interrogation centre during the Pol Pot period, between 1975 and 1978. Countless people died under the torture and were thrown into mass graves in the school compound. Others were taken to Choeng Ek for their execution. Only seven prisoners survived because they were sculptors and could turn out countless busts of Pol Pot. The Museum exhibits, trough display of torture implements, photographs and paintings, the scale of the Khmer Rouges atrocities. All their victims were methodically numbered and photographed. This pictures now cover the museum's walls.

Choeung Ek - Phnom Penh
It was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng. Today a huge glass tower stands on the site, filled with the cracked skulls of men, woman and children exhumed from 129 mass graves in the area. It is estimated that around 40,000 Cambodians were murdered at Choeung Ek between 1975 and 1978.
 

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