Battambang is a vibrant town included in many travel itineraries of Cambodia as a useful stop-over en-route from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
The focal point of the town is of course the market. Every morning, fresh produce from surrounding farms are brought in and are sold in a small square in the heart of the city. The usual hectic traffic weaves its way around the market square, with stray dogs patrolling the streets with steadfast determination.
The french style architecture of this former colonial town, although often crumbing, can still be seen in places.
On the outskirts of the town is a small park with an interesting modern sculpture. Unveiled in 2007, “Naga for Peace and Development” is made from weapons collected by residents of Battambang between 2005 and 2007.
Funded by the Government of Japan, the sculpture represents the commitment and hope of the Khmer people to break away from the past in the province, and establish a peaceful society.
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