Wat Phnom Neighborhood Guide

  • Handmade lacquerware by Artisans d'Angkor.

    Handmade lacquerware by Artisans d'Angkor.

  • Silk krama weaving by a Artisan d'Angkor craftsman.

    Silk krama weaving by a Artisan d'Angkor craftsman.

  • Artisan's silk threads.

    Artisan's silk threads.

  • The art-infused interiors of Doors.

    The art-infused interiors of Doors.

  • A live performance at Doors.

    A live performance at Doors.

  • Suckling pig and apple sauce at Doors.

    Suckling pig and apple sauce at Doors.

  • The Landmark Room where Charlie Chaplin once laid his head.

    The Landmark Room where Charlie Chaplin once laid his head.

  • The lobby of the historic Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

    The lobby of the historic Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

  • The grand entrance of Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

    The grand entrance of Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

  • Tepui's opium den-esque dining room. Photo by Conor Wall

    Tepui's opium den-esque dining room. Photo by Conor Wall

  • Homemade corn cakes with braised pork at Tepui. Photo by Mona Simon

    Homemade corn cakes with braised pork at Tepui. Photo by Mona Simon

  • The tepui mojito. Photo by Mona Simon

    The tepui mojito. Photo by Mona Simon

  • Chicken liver mousse with crunchy crisps drizzled in port and grapes at Van's.

    Chicken liver mousse with crunchy crisps drizzled in port and grapes at Van's.

  • The restored facade of Van's restaurant.

    The restored facade of Van's restaurant.

  • The chef's signature beef rib with parsnip puree.

    The chef's signature beef rib with parsnip puree.

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Artisans d’Angkor

Silk krama weaving by a Artisan d'Angkor craftsman.

Silk krama weaving by an Artisan d’Angkor craftsman.

Artisan's silk threads.

Artisan’s silk threads.

Head south to the majestic, canary yellow Post Office building, now restored to its former colonial glory. Across the square is the Phnom Penh branch of Artisans d’Angkor, who’ve been showcasing traditional Cambodian craftsmanship at their large Siem Reap workshop (there are now 42 workshops in total) for almost 15 years now, training young rural people and helping them find work close to their villages. The brand is known for elegant and detailed Angkor-esque stone sculptures, woodcarvings, and lacquerware, and its finely woven silk garments (tailored dresses, floaty skirts, and dreamy blouses) that appear ethereal in rich hues. Also exquisite are the jewelry pieces on offer, such as a handmade lacquer and silk pendant detailed with fine gold leaves. Beautiful, handmade silk paintings depicting the epic Ramayana make excellent souvenirs.

#12AEo Street 13 (opposite the Post Office building), 9am-6pm, 855-23/992-409, artisansdangkor.com

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