Fodor's Expert Review National Museum

Phnom Penh Family

This is one of Cambodia's two main museums and, although threadbare, it houses impressive relics that have survived war, genocide, and widespread plundering. More than 5,000 artifacts and works of art chronicle the various stages of Khmer cultural development, from the pre-Angkor periods of Fu Nan and Zhen La (5th to 8th century) to the Indravarman period (9th century), the classical Angkor period (10th to 13th century), and post-Angkor period. A palm-shaded central courtyard with lotus ponds houses the museum's showpiece: a sandstone statue of the Hindu god Yama, the Leper King, housed in a pavilion.

Guides, who are usually waiting just inside the entrance, can add depth to a visit here.

Family Historical History Museum

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Sts. 13 and 178
Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh  Cambodia


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