Friday, March 25, 2011

Practise your haggling skills at Russian Market

Russian Market Toul Tom Pong Market or Russian Market is popular among tourists, expatriates and the local Cambodians. Lies in the southern part of Phnom Penh, the market was named after its popularity among Russian expatriates during the 1980s. The Russian Market carries a wide variety of items such as drinks, snacks and cooked food, traditional carvings and handicraft, gems, hand-woven Chinese and Cambodian silk, antique furniture, music, DVD and CDs, silverware, books and maps, backpacks, handbags, shoes and clothing.

For avid art collectors, the market is possibly the city's best source of objects d'art. Interesting items for sale include wooden and stone carvings, silverware, numerous ritual objects and old Indochinese notes and coins. There are also gold and silversmiths inside the market who can be seen custom making jewelry. Local artisans often use the market to showcase their work and attract the tourists. You will find the newly-made traditional handicrafts intermingled with older genuine antique carvings.

- The whole market is covered and will be very hot. Wear loose and
  comfortable clothing.
- Like many other markets, beware of pickpockets. Hold on to your wallet or
  wear a money belt.

Opening Time:
Everyday from 7.00am - 5.00pm

Getting There:
The Russian Market is located away from other tourist sites, but local drivers will be able to drop you off and wait while you spend time in there.

From the Independence Monument, head towards South along Norodom Boulevard. Turn right at Mao Tse Tuong Boulevard, then go straight away from the river through Monivong Boulevard. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and go straight for about 300 meters. Russian Market will be visible on your left.

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