Dome in the Rough

Phnom Penh can be rather chaotic in terms of traffic and the haphazard manner in which shops, markets and sidewalk.

The exterior of the Orussey Market which has more of a local feel compared to Psar Thmey

In the midst of the chaos it is easy to miss the unique architecture and facade old colonial French buildings and traditional Khmer architecture in the various Buddhist temples, royal palace and government buildings around the city.

Wat Phnom
Khmer architecture – National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh

But one Notable building in the midst of the chaos is the Phnom Penh Central Market, known to the locals as Psar Thmey.

The exterior of Psar Thmey

The buttercream yellow facade, of this structure, especially its dome, stands out in the midst of the plethora of colours, telecommunication poles, wires, honking cars, tuk-tuks and motorcycles.

Interior of the Psar Thmey dome

Designed by French architect Jean Desbois, construction of the building which was supervised by Louis Chauchon was completed in 1937.

Chaotic traffic outside Psar Thmey
A simple clock tower inside the dome of Psar Thmey

It features four wings which are filled with stalls selling memorabilia, jewellery, trinkets, souvenirs and ornaments among others.

Psar Thmey is a great place for souvenir shopping
One of the wings of Psar Thmey
The wing of Psar Thmey selling trinkets and jewellery
Unique light and fan installation at Psar Thmey

Psar Thmey is a must see for shopaholics and those who just love to gawk at unique architecture.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes. The architecture also seems to take into account natural lighting and the humid weather in Phnom Penh. Bright and breezy inside.

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  2. Choi says:

    sorry – where is this? Looks so cool yet hectic. I want to guess Thailand…but I could be wrong..

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    1. Oops! Thanks for pointing it out. Forgot to enter the tags in my haste to upload this.
      This is in Cambodia.
      You’re right, Phnom Penh is hectic, the traffic is crazy, language is a barrier and we even got robbed on the eve of the Khmer New Year (but that was just us letting our guard down after a few beers!)
      Siem Reap is a lot pleasant and laid back comparatively.

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      1. Choi says:

        Oh wow! Cambodia..didn’t see that coming haha. And you got robbed? I hope you got all your possessions back…

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      2. We were lucky to save the bag with our cash and passports but they snatched a gold chain my husband was wearing. We should have been more street smart, as the Tuk-tuk drivers and hotel staff kept reminding us to hold on tight to our belongings – especially our hand phones that we were holding up to take pictures. Apparently snatch thieves on bikes are common in Phnom Penh, but it happens and other cities as well, just that we were more alert and not a little too “happy”.😬
        You live and learn!

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      3. Choi says:

        For sure! This happens quite a lot in Asia I find…have to protect your belongings at all times.

        But i guess it could have been worse right? At least noone got hurt :0

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      4. Uh-huh … could have been worse. Thankful to have escaped without a scratch 😅

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    2. … also you should try the ‘Happy Pizza’ – but make sure you don’t have plans for the rest of the day 😀

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      1. Choi says:

        haha…the “happy Pizza” huh? I wonder what main ingredients are in it =p. I love a good pizza though, might just have to try one myself.

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