Shophouses, or "Pteas Lveng" in Khmer, hold a special place in Cambodia's architectural landscape. In Phnom Penh, they go beyond being mere structures; they embody the strength and determination of its inhabitants. These buildings serve as a symbol of unity, flexibility, and the spirit of the community.

Old shophouses in Central Market area
(Old shophouses in Central Market area)

Each shophouse weaves a unique story, painting a vibrant life within the city. From bustling markets to cozy cafes, these establishments breathe life into every part of Phnom Penh. They are the heartbeat of the city, showing an inspiring and uplifting energy that captivates all who encounter them.

Phnom Penh's shophouses have evolved over time, offering a plentiful supply of priced and suitable housing for most of its population, with a variety of standard dimensions rather than just 4 meters by 16 meters and traditional facade. From the early morning breakfast gatherings at the local coffee shops to the evening chats and exchanging food over the balconies, a delicate and harmonious way of life is woven into the fabric of a lively community. Moreover, the exchange of goods and services between the various shops and stalls further strengthens the bonds, fostering a sense of unity and cooperation.

(Modern Shophouse) - KMH Shophouse

Phnom Penh's shophouses are a regional Asian vernacular that combines commercial and residential uses in a single building. This concept has persisted for centuries, from the arrival of the French in the 1860s to Cambodia's independence in the 1950s and 1960s. Despite political instability and war, Phnom Penh remained a ghost city for nearly four years. After Pol Pot's rule ended in 1979, it regained its urban heart. The Duan Penh district, encompassing the historic core of Phnom Penh, contains the oldest architectural fabric in the city.

As the city develops, shophouses are not only limited to the district of Daun Penh but the commercial environments, public spaces, and tight-knit communities can be found throughout the many shophouse neighborhoods of the city, such as the Veng Sreng area. This particular area boasts more than 20 boreys within a 3km radius, making it a bustling hub for residential and commercial activities. With a population of over 500,000 residents, the Veng Sreng area is home to more than 50 operating offices and businesses. It has become a sparkling and thriving community, offering a wide range of services and amenities to cater to the needs of its residents and visitors.

Eye-bird view of busy community in Veng Sreng area
Eye-bird view of busy community in Veng Sreng area


The Veng Sreng area is an ideal spot for business expansion and a more convenient lifestyle, thanks to its proximity to the prospering K Mall, ISI Tower, the AIA Football Stadium, and various other notable landmarks. This region holds immense potential for shophouses to flourish and establish their unique identity, just like the shophouses in various parts of Phnom Penh. With its strategic location, the area is potentially poised to attract more businesses and residents, transforming into a bustling hub of activities. The future of Veng Sreng is growing and ever-changing, as it gradually evolves into a promising and dynamic business neighborhood.

Today, the shophouses in Phnom Penh continue to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of its residents. They have become a symbol of resilience and adaptability, highlighting the city's ability to embrace its past while embracing modernity. The development of shophouses in Veng Sreng is a testament to this, as it highlights the transformation of an area once known for its industrial activities into a flourishing and fast-growing community.

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