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- Russian Market -
Psar Toul Tom Pong

Russian Market


The Russian Market (Psar Toul Tom Poung in Khmer), in the southern part of Cambodia’s capital city, got its name from its popularity among Russian expatriates in the 1980s

It is of far less architectural interest than the Central Market but has a larger, more varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks. Like the Central Market, there are several jewellers and gold-sellers. But the Russian market offers you more.
It has many things of interest to many people. Inside you can find, all manner of hardware goods, drinks and cooked food, antique furniture, traditional carvings and handicraft, hand-woven silk, music, DVD and computer CDs, silverware, gems, books and maps, backpacks and bags and shoes and clothing. Most of the DVD vendors are located on the south side near the southeast corner of the market. Most of what the visitor might want is in the same general area on the south side but the rest of the market is well worth exploring. Food and drink stands in the middle of the market for hygienically adventurous visitors.
Some shoes and clothing originate as out-takes from various garment factories. Hence some top labels can be found at very reasonable prices.
 

Many local artisans use the market as an outlet to the tourist market. You can find the new traditional handicrafts interspersed with older genuine antique carvings.

 

Russian Market


The newer wooden carvings may tend to split once they are taken to a less humid climate. Most retailers will repair these items in the first year after purchase if you have made an agreement during bargaining.
 

It's best visited in the early morning or mid-afternoon as the heat during the middle of the day under the tin roof is oppressive. After spending a couple of hours haggling you may be in need of liquid refreshments and a quick snack. Located close to the Russian Market are two very good cafés which you may want to try – Jars of Clay, and Café Yejj, both of which are training facilities for under privileged young adults.

Mooie stof op de markt

Address: Corner Street 163 and Street 444, Phnom Penh
Open: 7.00 am - 17.00 pm

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