Monday, April 11, 2011

Open for business

A picture of the Central Market with its new facelift
One of Phnom Penh's best-known landmarks, the unique Central Market, is close to completing the renovations than have taken more than two years and cost upwards of $6.5 million. Known as Psah Thmei to locals, the facelift has included a lick of paint, new drainage system, covered areas for vendors and of course, an increase in costs for the stalls. Built between 1934 and 1937 by the French architect Jean Desbois and engineer Louis Chauchon, the art deco styled dome rises to 150 feet above the inner sanctum, where gold and silver are amongst the most sought-after goods on sale. Make sure you pay a visit next time you are in Phnom Penh.

This photo of the Central Market was taken a few months ago. Virtually all of it has now been painted.

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