Phnom Penh’s Psah Thom Thmei: Gorgeous Art Deco Building

Friends and some readers ask me if there are malls here in Phnom Penh. Yes, there are malls, but not like the huge malls in neighboring countries. They usually are smallish and the goods being sold in there reminds me of those sold in 168 Mall in Manila. Bargain, and low quality items at inflated prices.

I observed Khmers don’t have a huge fondness for shopping in air-conditioned malls, they usually just go there to cool down, eat or go to the supermarket. And you really can’t fault them since what’s being sold there can be found in most traditional markets at a much lower price.

Phnom Penh Central Market

Phnom Penh Central Market

signage ‘reads’ to Psah Thom Thmei meaning New Big Market

One of the most popular traditional markets here is the Central Market or Psar Thom Thmei. This place is also pretty much always on a tourist’s itinerary not just because of the goodies you can find there. You can jewelry, Cambodian souvenirs, cheap clothes, electronics ¬†and the wet goods area is also a place to see. Another reason to account for its popularity and why its considered one of Phnom Penh’s landmarks is that its a really gorgeous place. Not your typical ramshackle market.

Phnom Penh Central Market

Phnom Penh Central Market

It’s made with a unique Art Deco design and was constructed during the 1930’s. It features a huge yellow dome and four arms as extension. The dome houses jewelry shops, while the four ‘arms’ houses various shops. It has recently undergone an extensive renovation and is now more beautiful than ever.

Phnom Penh Central Market

Phnom Penh Central Market

Whilst the place is huge and can be extremely hot during mid-day, its also very easy to navigate and the shops are organized well enough. The surrounding shops are also interesting to see, with most of them selling mobile phones, tablets and all sorts of gadgetry.

Phnom Penh Central Market

If you’re here in Phnom Penh and have an interest in both shopping and architecture, then this place should be on the must visit list.

Note: images from my old blog {Pinaywifespeaks.com} hence the watermarks.

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