Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

Central Market, After Renovation

Posted: November 20, 2011 in Architecture

Central Market built in 1937 and completely renovated in 2011 is one of Darryl Collins’s Favorite architectures in Cambodia. I took the photos below for some months ago.

This quintessential southeast Asian colonial Art Deco market was built on reclaimed land over a former swamp. Its moderne design and the technology employed in its construction, ranks it as one of the most important 30s buildings remaining in Phnom Penh. Designed by Desbois and engineered by Chauchon, it still functions as the main market. One of the shopping highlights of Phnom Penh, a lively, bustling affair filled with fresh daily goods, clothes and household wares, it has most recently undergone a facelift orchestrated by the Phnom Penh Municipality. Source Asian Life

Central Market from an Under Construction Building

Central Market Before Dark

Psar Thmei, aka Central Market (Built in 1937)


Bangkok-ized Phnom Penh?

Posted: November 13, 2011 in Architecture, Nightscape

In the recent years, many high-rises have come one after another, especially along Monivong Blvd. Since public transportation in Phnom Penh is barely exists, future congestion is pretty imaginable. During this long holiday, I were able to get some shots of Phnom Penh along Blvd.

Traffic on Monivong Bvld. at Blue Hour

Phnom Penh Under Full Moon

Monivong Blvd.

A Building on St. 130

Posted: October 9, 2011 in Architecture

One of my favorite pastimes is exploring the lesser know parts of Phnom Penh, old buildings in particular. I have been to places where residents had curious looks at me, wondering what brought me there. Most the time, they were not satisfied by my answer, telling them I just came to take photos as a hobby. Luckily I have never received any warning of no-photo. Here are some photos of a buildings on St. 130 from my latest exploration this month. If you happen to know the background of this building, do kindly share me.

Unknown Building on St. 130Exterior view from other side of the street.

Inside a building on St. 130 Common space on the ground floor

A small girl near broken window. A girl dangerously climbing a chair near a broken window on the second floor. I called her to climb down and in no time a lady came to pick her up. Not a safe place for children to be on their own.

Commissariat (Central Police Station), from circa 1910, commands a corner view by the Post Office. Shuttered for decades, it was featured in the Matt Dillon film City of Ghosts. One feature is the late addition of exterior terraces after French troops learned firsthand that the city’s screened terraces weren’t entirely ornamental but vital for cooling off in the tropic heat. Rumors have circulated for years that it may be reborn as a boutique hotel.

Source: Forbes (I wonder how long this building will survive)

Police Station, Phnom Penh
Former Police Station in 2003 by pigalle

Former Police Station in Phnom PenhFormer Police Station in June 2011

Interior of Former Police Station, Phnom PenhFormer Police Station’s Interior in June 2011

I don’t have much to say. Just a photo from RUPP.
Royal University of Phnom Penh

The hotel was constructed in 1910s located opposite the Post Office. The hotel rooms now house many families including some foreigners. Read more about the hotel at

Former Hotel Manolis, Phnom Penh

A lady enjoying the view of post office from former Hotel Manolis, Phnom Penh

Hotel Manolis, Room 35

Commercial photography is far less fun than landscape or even street photography, at least for me. I remember one of my friends told me, “If you like photography, just keep it as your hobby. Never think of to be a pro and make your living from it.” Now I find it very true. When we are paid to do it, we are supposed to do what the clients want not what we want to. Oftentimes, pressure is something unavoidable.

Lobby, Macau Hotel Macau Hotel’s Lobby

Veranda, Macau Hotel
Macau Hotel Veranda

Deluxe Room, Macau Hotel
Macau Hotel Deluxe Double Room