Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmei)
The Central Market was built in 1935 during the height of the France colonel administration. From the very beginning, this unique Art Deco structure has been a prominent landmark in the heart of Phnom Penh The name Phsar Thmei actually means New Market but because of its prime location, the Central name made better sense. Under the market’s huge domed roof, you will find a variety of silver and gold jewellery products, as well as other handicrafts, souvenirs and local foods.
Surrounding the market are hundreds of small stalls and kiosks, selling just about anything one might possibly want – finding that special something amongst the labyrinth of small enterprises is entirely another matter.
Phsa Thom Thmei Market is located on the central island, the terminus of nearly a dozen roads. The main roads leading to it are Roads 53, 61, 63, 67, 120, 126, 130, 136, 217 (Charles de Gaulle Boulevard) and St. 128 (Kampuchea Krom Boulevard), It is approximately a 15 minute walk away from Wat Phnom and a 10 minute stroll from riverside. Its prominent dome makes it a location hard to miss.