Phnom Penh

capital of Cambodia

One of the 28 Finalists

Phnom Penh

Cambodia, Cambodia

Phnom Penh (/pəˈnɔːm ˈpɛn/ or /ˈnɒm ˈpɛn/; Khmer: ភ្នំពេញ, Khmer pronunciation: [pʰnum peɲ]), formerly known as Chaktomuk (Khmer: ចតុមុខ “Four Faces”), is the capital and most populous city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since French colonization of Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation’s center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia.

Once known as the “Pearl of Asia,” it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Phnom Penh, along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, are significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia. Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions. There are a number of surviving French colonial buildings scattered along the grand boulevards.

Situated on the banks of the Tonlé Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers, the Phnom Penh metropolitan area is home to about 1.5 million of Cambodia’s population of over 14.8 million.

Cambodia

Interesting Facts

Phnom Penh


Population

1.5 million

Elevation above sea level

+14 metre

Area

+678460000 square metre

Instance of

city, capital & provincial municipality of Cambodia

The Official

New 7 Wonders Cities

Beirut

capital of Lebanon

Doha

capital of Qatar

Havana

capital city and commercial centre of Cuba

Vigan

capital city of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines

La Paz

De facto capital city of Bolivia

Kuala Lumpur

capital of Malaysia

Durban

city in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Worldmap

The 28 Finalists

Latest News

New7Wonders continues, find out how in our News Room

The New York Times presents the New Seven Wonders of the World in 360 video

"Experience these majestic sites during moments of solitude in 360 video," is how The New York Times introduced readers to its interactive feature titled The New Seven Wonders of the World', which was compiled by Veda Shastri, Guglielmo Mattioli and Kaitlyn Mullin. "Built on four continents, most by ancient and medieval…

7Wonders Day in the international media

The universal calendar has a new observance day: 7 Wonders Day. On 7 July from now on, the world will celebrate the event that honours the 21 iconic wonders chosen by hundreds of millions of votes in three global campaigns: the New7Wonders of the World, the New7Wonders of Nature…

Presenting the 7Wonders Day Poster Collection

To commemorate 7Wonders Day, Alessandra Fasino has created a poster collection representing the entire list of Wonders that combines vibrant typography with a rainbow of colours. Each poster is a microcosm of each Wonder and they all express the character of the places and the people being celebrated on 7Wonders…

A day to wonder! World 7 Wonders Day

Zurich, Switzerland: On 7 July this year, and every year from now on, the world will celebrate 7 Wonders Day. The event honours the 21 iconic wonders chosen by hundreds of millions of votes following three historic global campaigns: the New7Wonders of the World, the New7Wonders of Nature and…

Bernard Weber: "Have a Wonderful New Year!"

ZURICH, SwitzerlandDear Wonderful FriendsPlease accept my warmest wishes at the start of the New Year. In 2017, let us all adopt the New7Wonders positive vision of life, and inspired by this, we can work together to build a more harmonious and just world.Undoubtedly, the highlight of our past 12…

Wonderful Content loading...

Hello! Contact New 7 Wonders Close

Do you have any questions about the New7Wonders campaigns?
Are you writing an article, do you have a project in mind?
Maybe you have an idea using the New7Wonders concept?
Whatever it is, just say "Hello!" to us, and we will reply as soon as we can.

If you are from the press or a media organisation, or a social media reporter, please use this form to contact Eamonn Fitzgerald, New7Wonders Head of Communications.

If you have an idea involving the New7Wonders concept, or maybe you want to associate New7Wonders with your product or brand, or any other commercial or business or new creative idea, please use this form to contact Jean-Paul de la Fuente, New7Wonders Head of Value Development.>