Koh Chen Phnom Penh

The small village of Koh Chen lies on the Tonle River close to Oudong. The villagers specialize in silver and copper smithing and make ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda or for marriages.

The first impression on the boat way to Koh Chen is a sitting Buddha statue near the river bank and a Khmer temple with the yellow tiles roof. All the scenic landscape, meticulous engravings, and verdant trees leave a deep impression on visitors. 

Koh Chen village in flood

Koh Chen village in flood

There is a small school near the temple, where you can capture some priceless moments of bright children’s smiles and their poor studying conditions.

A primary school at Koh Chen

A primary school at Koh Chen

The tradition of clay and silver craft used to be the soul of Koh Chen village before the 1970s when the intricate crafts were nearly lost under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Until now, the long-lasting culture is still passed from generation to generation thanks to the attempt of local artisans. The work is divided clearly between men and women. They believe that men are assigned to forge while women are responsible for engraving.

A woman is engraving at workshop

A woman is engraving at the workshop

Visitors will have chances to explore the making process in some workshops of the village. A wide range of craft items include bowls, boxes, trays, engraved pictures of flowers, animals, symbolic Angkor sites, and the demanded items for clients. The majestic artworks will stimulate you to bring home some beautiful Cambodia souvenirs. More than 40 family-run shops offer various types of silver bowls, dishes, vases, or unique silver boxes in the shape of animals. Be careful with non-pure silver items because most of the pieces nowadays are covered with bronze or plated in silver.  

Located 35km from the center of Phnom Penh, Koh Chen is easily reached by a one-hour drive by taxi, tuk-tuk, or motorbike. Another way is exploring Koh Chen by a Mekong cruise which makes a stopover in this restful island on the itinerary of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Koh Chen Map

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25/01/2021
Hi Can we pre book a taxi from Kho Chen to Phnom Phen airport and how much is it?
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26/01/2021
Hi, Sharon hooper, It is too far from Koh Chen to Phnom Penh and crosses the border so the taxi will not accept this kind of booking. You should book a bus or contact a travel agent to book a private car, they will arrange 2 differents car in 2 countries for transfer you. Regards,
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