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Cambodia is on the move- foreign investment is pouring in and so are the tourists. The Cambodians are a most friendly and handsome people. Considering what they had been through, their friendly smiles and gentle voices are even more precious.

Unfortunately what spoils one's experience of Cambodia are the ever present mounds of putrefying rubbish in plastic bags encountered along footpaths and nature strips in the cities and in ditches and edges of fields in the countryside. One of the greatest curses is the plastic bag as it pollutes any country that has not the infrastructure and wealth to provide regular and effective collection and disposal of waste.

WIKIPEDIA: The Central Market (Khmer: ផ្សារធំថ្មី, "Psah Thom Thmey", "New Grand Market"), is a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. It is located in Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh. When it first opened in 1937, it was said to be the biggest market in Asia; today it still operates as a market. From 2009 to 2011, it underwent a US$4.2 million renovation funded by the French Development Agency.
The market opens from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is, for tourists, a 'must see' stop. Most tourists visit this market because they want to see the extensive amount of products that are offered for bargain. The four wings of this gigantic yellow dome are teeming with stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, men's and women's apparel, clocks, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, and countless other products.
The unique Art Deco building is a Phnom Penh landmark. Before 1935, the area was a lake that received runoff during the rainy season. The lake was drained and construction began in 1935. Since its completion in 1937, wet season flooding around the market has remained a problem and is vestigial evidence of the old lake. The entrance to the market is lined with souvenir merchants hawking everything from T-shirts and postcards to silver curios and kramas. Inside is a dazzling display of jewels and gold. Electronic goods, stationery, secondhand clothes and flowers are also sold. During Franco-Thai war the market was bombed heavily by Thais aircraft that cause heavily damaged and had to be temporarily closed. After the end of World War II the market was rebuilt in to the modern style.

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