19 Facts About Phnom Penh


Phnom Penh succeeded Angkor Thom as the capital of the Khmer nation but was abandoned several times before being reestablished in 1865 by King Norodom.

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Also located in Phnom Penh were the Royal University of Agronomic Sciences and the Agricultural School of Prek Leap.

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The Greater Phnom Penh area includes the nearby Ta Khmau city and some districts of Kandal province.

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Legend has it that in 1372, a wealthy widow named Phnom Penh found a Koki tree floating down the Tonle Sap river after a storm.

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Phnom Penh ordered villagers to raise the height of the hill northeast of her house and used the Koki wood to build a temple on the hill to house the four Buddha statues, and a shrine for the Vishnu image slightly lower down.

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Phnom Penh first became the capital of Cambodia after Ponhea Yat, king of the Khmer Empire, moved the capital from Angkor Thom after it was captured and destroyed by Siam a few years earlier.

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Phnom Penh remained the royal capital for 73 years, from 1432 to 1505.

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Phnom Penh's infrastructure saw major modernisation under the rule of Sihanouk.

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Phnom Penh is in the south-central region of Cambodia, and is fully surrounded by the Kandal province.

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Phnom Penh is governed by the governor who acts as the top executive of the city as well as overseeing the Municipal Military Police, Municipal Police, and Bureau of Urban Affairs.

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Phnom Penh is allocated 12 seats in the National Assembly, making it the largest constituency.

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Phnom Penh is Cambodia's economic centre as it accounts for a large portion of the Cambodian economy.

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The Bureau of Urban Affairs of Phnom Penh Municipality has plans to expand and construct new infrastructure to accommodate the growing population and economy.

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Japanese Supplementary School of Phnom Penh, formerly known in English as the Phnom Penh Japanese School, is a part-time Japanese School, operated by the Japanese Association of Cambodia .

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Phnom Penh is known for its influence on New Khmer Architecture.

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Phnom Penh is notable for Ka tieu Phnom Penh, its variation on rice noodle soup, a dish available in sit-down cafes as well as street cafes.

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In footballing ventures, Phnom Penh is formally represented by Phnom Penh Crown FC despite being home to numerous football teams who plays in the Cambodian League.

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Cambodia's national flag carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air, launched in 2009, is headquartered in Phnom Penh and has its main hub there, with an additional hub at the Angkor International Airport.

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Water supply in Phnom Penh has improved dramatically in terms of access, service quality, efficiency, cost recovery and governance between 1993 and 2006.

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