- Sorya Shopping Center
Shopping Center is less colourful than the traditional markets, but it
is air-conditioned and contains a range of cheap fast-food
outlets as well as a well-stocked supermarket named Lucky
Supermarket. It is a westernized shopping center and
contains a number of fast food restaurants.
If looking for Sorya Shopping Center, go south of the
Central Market. It's on a north-south street on the west side.
Asking anyone in the Central Market will be futile,
however they do understand "Sorya". (NB: Don't leave a moto with the Sorya
parking people, who are well-known for stealing helmets, and
doubling the parking charges on a whim.) On the south-west
edge of town is the even newer Sovanna mall. Freezing
air-conditioned and modern shops make this popular too.
the gleaming westernized Soriya Shopping Center
first opened in 2003, the idea of a shopping mall in
Phnom Penh was still an incongruous idea.
For example, it wasn't the Nordic air-conditioning
or the five floors of stores that got Cambodians
talking, it was the escalators.
stairs in the shopping center provided an endless source of humor and trepidation
for locals more accustomed to the Byzantine walkways of
nearby Psar Thmey.
Many took one look at the motorized risers and then dashed
for the stairs. Others would stretch out a nervous toe
before freezing and opting out. Scrums gathered as people
waited on the undecided. Soon enough, Soriya hired
attendants to help visitors on and off the Kingdom's only
Now, Seven years later, the people are used to it. The place
is packed every weekend.
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