Pshar Thmey—A Most Magnificent Market

October 1, 2014 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Cambodia, Culinary, News

Central Market Phnom Penh - art deco architecture in Cambodia

Located in the middle of Phnom Penh, the Pshar Thmey, known as the central or grand market in Khmer, is housed in a sprawling and beautifully restored art deco building built in 1937 by French architect Louis Chauchon. When opened, this iconic landmark of Cambodia’s capital city was the biggest market in Asia. We believe a visit to the Central Market Phnom Penh should be part of any ‘What to do in Phnom Penh’ traveler’s list.

The four wings of this gigantic, geometric yellow structure are teeming with open stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, men’s and women’s apparel, clocks, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, household goods and countless other products. In the market travelers will also have the chance to meet with a traditional fortuneteller and have their fortune told if they so wish. We will also try some of the local snacks available in the market. Sample a daung srasa, a fresh coconut drink popular with locals and travelers alike.

For more information on the Central Market in Phnom Penh and booking requests, please contact sales.cambodia@khiri.com.