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National Museum, Phnom Penh

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Learn about the nation's cultural history and examine some of its most notable archaeological finds at National Museum. Inspired by the traditional Khmer architecture, the museum was established in the 1920s on the western side of the Veal Preah Man square. The institution boasts a vast collection of sculptures, ceramics, ethnographic and religious items, and various objects dating back to the Khmer Empire. Immerse yourself in the Cambodian culture by taking a guided tour in English, French, Japanese, or the Khmer language. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Phnom Penh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • You could browse here all day. So many interesting things to see. No photos allowed inside which is a shame because there’s so much stuff  more »
  • It is housed in a building, specially built on horseback in 1920, which is inspired in the style of a Khmer Buddhist temple. In the vast halls it houses a huge number of artifacts, especially from the Angkorian golden period; for most of us Westerners just a short and quick visit because what is presented is in my opinion very far from our cultural baggage, although there are interesting things that but only with a guide we can appreciate. Curious detail: in front of some statues depicting I do not know which deities there were people gathered in prayer or who offered offerings, almost not a museum but a place of worship.
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  • Nice place to take in some of the historical culture of Cambodia. The entire complex is very beautiful itself, clean and well kept, and cool on the inside. There are various sculptures showcasing the religious aspect of Cambodian culture. The entire museum doesn't take too long to visit so it's worth a trip to escape the mid day sun and heat.
  • Such a relaxation environment. And recommended for all tourists and foreign. There are coffee shop inside the museum so you can enjoy coffee before or after walk inside the museum. Because they are not allow to bring drinks into the museum.
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