The Central Market (in Khmer called: Psah Thom Thmey, which means “New Grand Market”) is a large building constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome. The dome is the center of the market and has a unique design which allows air ventilation to keep the inside cool. The four wings branching out from the dome are packed with stores selling all kinds of goods.The Central Market was designed by French architect Louis Chauchon in 1937. Before the Market was built, this area was actually a lake which was drained. When it rains now, the market still floods but it is difficult to tell whether this is because of the run-off or poor drainage. During the Franco-Thai war the Central Market Phnom Penh was bombed by Thai war planes. This caused heavy damage and the Central Market had to be closed. When World War 2 was over the market was rebuilt and opened its doors again for business. From 2009 to 2011, it underwent a large renovation funded by the French Development Agency.

  • Open: Mon - Sun 7:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Location: Street 128, Kampuchea Krom, Phnom Penh 


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