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Phnom Penh in 2004


Dilapidated streets and buildings in Phnom Penh, January 2004

These photos from scans of film prints of Phnom Penh in Cambodia from January 2004 show the unique dilapidated atmosphere of the city at the time. My digital camera had broken while at the Angkor temples but luckily I had my mini film camera as backup (also see post on a Thai market square). I recently read that significant new development is starting to happen in Phnom Penh (or at least be proposed), so I imagine that the city will start changing at a more rapid pace, but one hopes that before that happens they at least have gotten a handle on basic maintenance of the public infrastructure and cleaned the detritus from the less major streets with some frequency… perhaps the lingering smell of sewage is no longer pervasive. Despite all that, Phnom Penh has this amazing character that hopefully will shine through whatever changes the city is going through.

Browse more photos of Phnom Penh here at bricoleurbanism.org

…or at Flickr on my Phnom Penh Flickr Set


Dilapidated streets and buildings in Phnom Penh, January 2004


Dilapidated streets and buildings in Phnom Penh, January 2004


Inside Kandal market in Phnom Penh, January 2004


Sisowath Quay along the Tonle Sap River, including FCC Building (Foreign Correspondents Club), Phnom Penh, January 2004


Phsar Thom Thmei (aka Central Market), opened in 1937, modernist concrete Art Deco style, Phnom Penh, January 2004


Small lane next to Boeng Kak Lake, Phnom Penh, January 2004


A building off Blvd Samdach that looks something like a vertical slum, Phnom Penh, January 2004

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ah phnom pehn. i was there the following year (2005), what an amazing city it is. thanks for the photos.

just discovered your blog too, its truly excellent. keep it up

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