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Architecture Paths of Phnom Penh
Accompanied by an expert guide, spend a fascinating day learning about the eclectic architecture of Cambodia's capital. From ancient temples to French colonial facades and soviet-style edifices, there is plenty to explore.
The morning will focus more on the modern architecture of Phnom Penh, examining buildings constructed during the 1950s and 60s. This was the time Cambodia started to become more influenced by the wider world, combining international styles with local heritage.
When the Khmer Rouge came to power in the 1970s, most of the population of Phnom Penh was forcibly relocated to the countryside, leaving many buildings abandoned and damaged. Once the people began to return to the city, buildings were re-purposed to fulfil the needs of a new society. Your guide will be able to explain the impact of the Khmer Rouge on both Phnom Penh's people and its architecture.
You will stop for lunch at Van's Restaurant, which is located in a building dating back to 1900, which was once the Indochina Bank. From here you will continue to the French Quarter which you can explore by cyclo. The slower pace of this pedal-powered transport will give you time to take in the tree-lined boulevards and classic architecture.
The final part of your tour will be a relaxed cruise along the river. As you sail past you will be able to gain an appreciation of how the modern and ancient architecture of the city blend together alongside day to day life in Phnom Penh.
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