Posted by: James Shannon | January 2, 2013

Phnom Penh’s Russian Market: From Black Market DVD’s To Weed-Whackers…

DSCN0617One of a half dozen skyscrapers under construction rise above the sultry streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as the country undergoes an economic boom, one that has been made possible via the stabilization of the country fifteen years prior, with the defeat and surrender of the last insurgent cells of the Khmer Rouge.

Going down my list of major attractions to take in during the week I spent in Phnom Penh, one market stood out amongst all the others. The Russian Market, located in the deep south of the city (around Street 500-ish) used to be the place where foreigners shopped for goods from back home starting in the early 1980’s, in the aftermath of the liberation of the country by the Vietnamese. Back in those days, the vast majority of foreigners were Russian, hence the name.

In modern times, it has become the place where you can find, well, just about anything! Care to take a look inside?

DSCN0627Grinders, impact wrenches, and air compressors … perfect gifts for souvenir-expecting relatives back home!

DSCN0629The cook works labouriously…

DSCN0636… while ravenously hungry customers chow down on noodles, rice, chicken and all sorts of creative Khmer culinary creations!

Have you ever been to the Russian Market? Feel free to share your experiences below!


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