Phnom Penh at dusk, looking southeast from the old French quarter to the Chamkarmon district. A rash of high-rise construction has changed the cityscape in the past 15 years, and many heritage buildings have been lost. Photo: Huw Watkin

‘Pearl of the Orient’ losing its charms to development: Phnom Penh high-rises sprout, heritage buildings out

  • A provincial elegance reminiscent of southern France, the most diverse architecture in Southeast Asia – how much has changed as Cambodian capital has developed
  • Half the city’s historically significant buildings have been razed in 20 years, as Chinese money fuels a construction boom that defies rational explanation
Topic |   Cambodia

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Phnom Penh at dusk, looking southeast from the old French quarter to the Chamkarmon district. A rash of high-rise construction has changed the cityscape in the past 15 years, and many heritage buildings have been lost. Photo: Huw Watkin
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