Phnom Penh was founded by a rich old lady named Penh, who built up a sanctuary on the hill called “Wat Phnom Daun Penh” (Old Lady Penh’s Pagoda). In 1434, King Ponhea Yat moved the capital from Bassac City (in the ancient Kampong Cham Province) to Phnom Daun Penh. The sanctuary was removed, and it was replaced by the King. Then he built up the hill and constructed a brick stupa on top.
After the inauguration, the king named the hill “Preah Chetdei Paravata”, but nowadays it is simply called Wat Phnom. Actually, the first establishment did not last long, the capital moved from one place to another.
Until 1866, in the reign of King Norodom, the capital moved to Phnom Daun Penh again and remains up to the present time. Phnom Penh is the sixth capital after Nokor Phnom, Angkor Wat, Longvek, Srei Santhor, and Udong.
Phnom Penh, a capital of Cambodia covering an area of 290 square kilometers, offers visitors plenty of opportunity for a city tour, shopping and dinner. It is home to the Royal Palace, National museum and Wat Phnom, and it is the commercial, political, cultural and tourism hub. Phnom Penh received the world leadership award Number One for Urban Renewal Planning for Population Boom.
Particularly, valuable products that can be found here include seafood, freshwater food, fresh fruit, traditional handicrafts, artistic articles.