Posts Tagged ‘Colonial Building’

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

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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 http://www.expat-advisory.com/articles/asia/southeast-asia/cambodia/phnom-penh/hotel-manolis

Former Hotel Manolis, Phnom Penh

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

Hotel Manolis, Room 35

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Posted: April 23, 2010 in Architecture
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Another Building At this moment this building was used as a charcoal storage.

The 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 like the idea that Park Café having tried to renovate the below colonial building, bringing it back to the public. There are plenty more of them that extremely in need of some sort of love and care. Some of them are dying in a couple of year. The more I observed the city, the more abandoned colonial buildings I have found.

Tourists are not allured by the newly-built modern architectures, but something historical and cultural. If the government truly wants to get more tourists to the capital, they should pay more attention on this heritage attraction.

By the way, can anyone tell me why most of the buildings, including school buildings, in Cambodia are painted in yellow?

091020ParkCafeNew Park Café outlet facing Calmette Hospital on Monivong Bld.

091020ParkCafe2Outdoor space in front of the main building of Park Café

091020OldBuildingHere is another old building that is not far from the Park Café

091020OldBuilding2Ecole Professionelle. It probably will be disappeared someday soon, thank to the development.