APAD 275: Phnom Penh skyline

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 2, sights, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 7 comments

This is the view from the fourth-floor of an apartment building I visited last weekend. It was pleasantly breezy and had a commanding view of the sprawling city.

All changed!

All changed!

Phnom Penh’s skyline has changed rapidly over the course of 10 years. New investments have come in and we are seeing new developments here and there. Prices of real estate have gone up where before the 2000s they were about the price of Cheaper Strats.

The government’s push for a modern Phnom Penh cost the city a huge loss of history and more importantly, loss of homes of thousands of people due to evictions. I do hope Cambodia learns lessons about rapid urbanisation from other Asean countries like Indonesia and the Philippines, to name a few.

7 Comments

  1. Interesting shot of all the different types of rooftops- Its sad when things change to the point of people losing homes!

    • Indeed, it is!

  2. it is a lovely city.

    thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting.

    • Phnom Penh is a lovely city, full of contrasts!

  3. Interesting shot. I like the mix of architectural styles.

    • Hello,Carver. Ten years ago, things were different. Buildings didn’t go any higher than coconut trees 😀

  4. I knew Phnom Penh was experiencing growth, but I didn’t realized it was at the expense of people’s homes. Are there no restitution or relocation programs in place? What happens to them when they’re evicted?

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