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Phnom Penh

Full namePhnom Penh
Official namePhnom Penh
Native name 
Settlement typeCity
ProvincePhnom Penh
Became Capital1865
Mayor & GovernorH.E. Keb Chutema កែប ជុគិមា
Vice GovernorsH.E. Than Sina,
H.E. Map Sarin,
H.E. Seng Tong
Total Area261.9 sq mi (678.46 km2)
Elevation39 ft (11.89 m)
Total Population2234566 (2011)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
DemonymPhnom Penher
Other information
Time zoneCambodia (UTC+7)
Area code+855 (023)

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Phnom Penh ( , -kmpʰnum peːɲpron in Khmer and -enpəˈnɒm ˈpɛn or /ˈnɒm ˈpɛn/ in English) is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonized Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation's center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, economics, 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 more than 2 million of Cambodia’s population of over 14 million. The city is the wealthiest and most populous city in Cambodia and is home to the country’s political hub.

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