The Mansion for sale

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One of the most-photographed buildings in Phnom Penh is for sale – see the CBRE website. Suitable for boutique hotel, commercial use, or private home. Not mentioned by CBRE is the resident ghost – supposedly he greets passers-by by lifting his severed head from his neck. You’d think a simple “good evening” would suffice.

_DSF5984Architectural detail

Built 1910-1920 for a wealthy Cambodian merchant (I read somewhere that he was Chinese), located next to the Royal Palace and facing the National Museum across the royal cremation grounds. More here.

Current owners are/is the FCC – no idea why they want to sell, as they once had big plans for it. Not mentioned anywhere is its most likely fate: knocked down and a 20-storey condo built on the site.