The city is also known for its vibrant street life, bustling markets, and delicious cuisine, which draws influences from both Cambodian and international flavors. Popular dishes include fish amok, a steamed fish curry wrapped in banana leaves, and lok lak, a stir-fry dish of beef or chicken served with rice.
Despite its rapid modernization in recent years, Phnom Penh still bears the scars of Cambodia's tragic history, including the Khmer Rouge regime and the genocide that claimed the lives of millions of Cambodians in the 1970s. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields are poignant reminders of this dark period in the country's history.
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Explore the cultural sites starting at The Royal Palace to walk around the grounds and view its two splendid pagodas. Glimpse at the inspiring exhibits at the National Museum of Cambodia. Stroll along the Riverside’s pretty boulevard, filled with cafés and small shops. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek provide insight into the country’s more recent history. Take a short tuk tuk ride to wander around the stalls at the Central Market or Russian Market. Vibrant Phnom Penh—experience the magic.
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