The Central Market of Cambodia is one of the biggest markets in this country, firstly established in 1937. In the beginning, the market was in the form of Aome with the branches of four arms. Each arm formed big halls with numerous stalls of goods and products. The design of this market is not so much different between now and in the past. However, there were already some reconstructions and development in some parts. Therefore, this market looks more modern nowadays. Since 1925, this building has been the landmark of Phnom Phen. It offers the uniqueness of the Art Deco style, an architecture style originally from the western world. Once it was brought into the Asia, the combination of two cultures is just really astonishing.
Central Market of Phnom Penh, the Touch of Art Deco Style on the Heart of Asian City
1. Souvenir Stalls
One of the branches available in the Central Market of Phnom Penh is where the souvenirs and accessories are offered. The souvenirs and accessories are made from various materials, starting from the metals like gold, silver, and copper, to them that are only made from the plastic, wood, and stones. Hunting souvenirs is indeed the main reason why the tourists feel need to visit the Central Market. Despite you can find souvenirs and accessories in Cambodian style, you can also find some others that look more “International” including glasses and watches.
2. Outfit Stalls
Although it is not as popular as the souvenir stalls, this branch of central market is also really worthy to visit. It is mainly if you want to know more about the newest fashion trends in Cambodia and even all around the world. The items offered are including the dresses, shirts, skirts, blouses, pants, and even underwear. Even the items like watches and glasses found in the souvenir stalls can also be found in this area. Indeed, shopping in the Central Market of Cambodia requires you to be really careful. There are some items that are indeed originally branded. But the imitations are also spreading around. Besides, you also need skills to bargain the price. Particularly for the foreign tourists, it is common for the sellers there to offer the goods or products with very high prices.
3. Electronic Stalls
This market is also the first place to visit to fulfill your electronic necessities. Hundred products are offered their daily starting from Smartphone, laptops, TVs, and even the home appliances. Compare to any other electronic centers in Cambodia, Central Market indeed offers you quite cheaper prices. Maybe, it is because almost all the sellers here are the first hands. From the sellers in this market, many products are then distributed to the smaller cities and towns. So, for the buyers, buying the electronic devices in Central Market is considered more beneficial. Another good thing about shopping in the Central Market is that the sellers are commonly multilingual. Despite being able to speak Khmer and some other Asian languages like Malay and Chinese, those sellers are also very capable in English and even French. A good communication is no longer a problem while shopping here.
How to Get Tickets?
Although the Central Market is always included in the main destinations while visiting Phnom Penh, this is basically not a tourism object. It is just a kind of common markets for shopping. So, there is no ticket here.
How To Get Around?
It depends on your necessities for sure. So, what are the goods or products you want to buy? Then, you can just go to the branch where the stalls related the products are available. If the main intentions are to complete your tourism schedule, the souvenir stalls must be visited at first. The market itself is really large. So, it seems quite impossible to pass through all the part of the markets. It is really tiring to do that only in a day. Make sure to know what you want to visit and buy anyway.
What Should I Wear?
Casual outfit is the most necessary. Things like T-shirt, pants, sneakers, or even flip flop seem the most comfortable to wear.
Best Time to Visit
This market is open every day. But during the holiday, it will be really crowded. If you want to visit Central Market more comfortably, sparing your time in the weekdays is the best choice.
Will I Need a Guide?
It depends on your needs.
How To Get There?
This market is located not too far from the palace of Cambodia. It needs only around 10 minutes by using the public transportation.
Some related objects for vacation near the Central Market are the Russian Market, Wat Phnom, the Palace of Phnom Penh, and the Independence Monument.