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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Phnom Penh City Centre Sightseeing: A Relaxing Time



Spending your time in the evening at Vimean Ekareach Park is interesting. Here is a location where people do their walking exercise. You will see lots of families, friends, and individuals enjoying walks and runs and relaxing in what is a truly nice park to be in. It is located in heart of Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia.

We can see here water fountain, the Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk on Preach Suramit Boulevard, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh. At night it is lit up. Behind it is the Independence Monument, the standing like an anchor of the city roads. This obelisk commemorates Cambodia's freedom from France in 1953.

Near Gaga World which overshadows the city, there is the Statue of Samdech Sangha Raja Jhotañano Chuon Nath, the late Kana Mahanikaya Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia. Amongst his achievements is his effort in conservation of the Khmer language in the form of the Khmer dictionary. His protection of Khmer identity and history in the form of the national anthem, Nokor Reach and Savada Khmer are also among his contributions to the country.

Nearby is the Buddhist institute. It was founded on May 12, 1930 by King Sisowath Monivong of Cambodia, King Sisavong Vong of Laos, the Governor General of Indochina Pierre Pasquier and head of the École française d'Extrême-Orient, George Coedes. It is the principal Buddhist institution of the government of Cambodia since independence.

On Preah Sisowath Quay is the Statue of Cambodian poet and writer, Krom Ngoy. Krom Ngoy is a great Khmer poet who lived and created at the turn of the century. The monument is visible with the traditional local instrument Kse Diev, accompanied by patriotic and ethnic poems. He played a great role in strengthening national consciousness, culture, customs and cultivating the Khmer language. Already during his lifetime (he died at the age of 71 in 1936) his fame reached beyond the territory of the country.

We will find some Indian restaurants around the Statue of Krom Ngoy on the road towards Wat Botum Vatey and the Kampchea-Vietnam Friendship Monument.

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