Koh Pich City Hall
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Dec 2019 • Couples
Date of visit : 18 Dec 2019

We stepped into The Bridge Lifestyle Mall on 18 Dec 2019. We spoke to one Cambodian nearby who mentioned Diamond Island to us. Out of curiosity, we decided to visit the Island. We “strolled” across Swan Bridge and were amazed with the architecture on this island. After this visit, we then Google searched to learn more about Koh Pich which is the Cambodian language for Diamond Island. We couldn’t imagine Diamond Island was just slums and farmland 10-20 years ago.

Some netizens and bloggers felt that there should be more Khmer architecture on this island and not European-styled architecture. But for us, we felt Diamond Island was a breath of fresh air in Phnom Penh. We also had proper pavements and pedestrian walkway to walk on FINALLY. Since I have been to Hengdian which is the largest filming location in China in 2011, I will treat Diamond Island as “Europe” within Southeast Asia, just like a new filming location. If Khaoyai in Thailand which we have just been in Oct 2019 could replicate Italy especially in Toscana Country Club (we even saw a replica of Leaning Tower of Pisa), then surely Cambodia can also create a Europe or Paris (apparently there was an Arc De Triomphe but we did not see) on Diamond Island.

We were amazed with our discovery of Koh Pich City Hall. We walked one big round to the facade of this neoclassical-designed building, only then we realised it has only been completed in 2012 which was clearly inscribed on a plaque fixed on its facade wall.

On 18 Dec, there was a performance rehearsal at the City Hall. The interior comprised of 3 halls basically. The one that was being used for rehearsal had balconies on its sides, coupled with drapes, reminded us so much of those we saw in Russia last year, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. In my photos, you will see another 2 vacant halls, one was lit while the other was dark, these two halls were the left and right wings of the City Hall.

Outside the City Hall, we saw a fountain and Roman colonnades.

If you do not mind replicas of European-styled buildings, then do go to Diamond Island in Phnom Penh to take a look at them.

P/S: we tried to locate Diamond Island Park (it has been reviewed at TripAdvisor) using TripAdvisor map but we couldn’t find it. Think the first reviewer dropped the pin next to City Hall, however, we did not see a park.
Written 27 December 2019
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