Known locally as Psar Thmei, which actually means New Market, this fabulous ocher- hued Art Deco building was erected by the French in 1937 on former swamp ground. Its immense central dome is on a scale similar to Hadrian’s Pantheon in Rome. Offering a variety of products under one roof, this one-stop shop is any visitor’s delight.
The food section here is packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as delicacies such as peeled frogs and fried insects. Four wings radiate from the main building where vendors hawk gold and silver jewelry, watches, electronic goods, Buddha statues, clothes, and fresh flowers. The market is comfort- able to visit at midday as the corridors of merchandise are surprisingly cool.