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Tourists enter a museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tourists enter a museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Feb. 27, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

The Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh is rapidly modernizing. But some of the city's most interesting places are connected to its past, and many of them are either free or quite low cost to see.

An overview of the Central Market (Phsar Thom
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An overview of the Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmey) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Beneath a lemon-yellow art deco dome, the market offers miles of no-strings-attached window-shopping. But if you can't stand the thought of leaving empty-handed, pick up flip-flops, jewelry, delicacies like juicy mangosteen fruit or fried insects, or khama scarves in bright, gingham-like patterns. (April 18, 2012)

Jewelry vendors wait for customers in the Central
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Jewelry vendors wait for customers in the Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmey) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Vendors sit in their jewelry booths in the
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Vendors sit in their jewelry booths in the Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmey) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Beneath a lemon-yellow art deco dome, the Central Market offers miles of no-strings-attached window-shopping. (Feb. 27, 2013)

A vendor selling home goods in the Central
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A vendor selling home goods in the Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmey) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Sculpted into the hillside leading to the entrance
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Sculpted into the hillside leading to the entrance of Wat Phnom, a Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a functioning topiary clock. (Feb. 25, 2013)

A statue of former King Sisowath, center, is
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A statue of former King Sisowath, center, is displayed at Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Feb. 25, 2013)

Tourists enter a museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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Tourists enter a museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Motorists travel the Chroy Changvar Bridge in Phnom
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Motorists travel the Chroy Changvar Bridge in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Constructed in 1966 and rebuilt in 1995 after its destruction at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge provides a panoramic look at life along both sides of the Tonle Sap River. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Tourists ride on three-wheeled pedicabs while passing an
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Tourists ride on three-wheeled pedicabs while passing an entrance to Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Feb. 26, 2013)

Motorists whisk past Independence Monument in Phnom Penh,
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Motorists whisk past Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Feb. 25, 2013)

A lion statue sits beside the Independence Monument
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A lion statue sits beside the Independence Monument -- constructed in 1958 to commemorate independence from the French that had been achieved five years prior -- in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The monument is a striking shade of terra cotta by day and brightly illuminated by night. (Feb. 25, 2013)

The Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument is located at a
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The Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument is located at a public park near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Feb. 25, 2013)

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