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Phnom Penh (literally translated to mean “Hill of Penh” or more loosely “Penh’s Hill”) is the capital and largest city in Cambodia. Phnom Penh has been the main capital city since the French colonised Cambodia and has become the country’s economic system as well as industrial, commercial, cultural, tourism and historical centre since 1979.
Once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Phnom Penh, along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, have remained significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia. Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its historical attractions. One of the surviving French colonial architectures is The Royal Palace.
Located on Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac River, Phnom Penh is home to more than 2 million of Cambodia’s population of over 14 million. Phnom Penh is the wealthiest and most populous city in Cambodia and acts as the country’s commercial, political and cultural hub.