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Old Market Street

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Chinese shop houses and colonial architecture Krong Kampot  Cambodia

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.