Old Market Street
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Chinese shop houses and colonial architecture
Old Market Street bisects downtown Kampot into two halves, with the infamous (and bizarre) durian roundabout to the north, and the slightly-less-naff salt mine workers roundabout to the south. Although the Old Market itself is derelict, the street serves as Kampot’s main drag and is home to a handful of popular cafes and shops. Chinese shop houses (with a spattering of 19th-century French architecture thrown in) dominate the skyline in Kampot, once a regional administrative capital and formerly Cambodia’s most important sea port. Many original buildings still line the streets – made all the more interesting by decades of ad hoc additions and half-finished renovations. The Old Market area is a great place to explore if you’re interested in the old colonial style. A few buildings have been resurrected with a lick of brightly coloured paint, and the old fish market on Kampot’s waterfront has been completely restored (it now houses a swanky restaurant). The rest of the town’s street-facing facades – including the old cinema – sit in various states of disrepair and decay.
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