Seeing as I have spent so much time in North Korea and that now I am in Cambodia it was only a matter of time before I had to do a photo op at Kim Il Sung Boulevard!
Why is there a Kim Il Sung Boulevard?
Believe it, or not there are a lot of things named after President Kim Il Sung. Camboida might not be the first place you’d expect to find one, but King, Sihanouk was great friends with the founder of the DPRK.
To see a list of things named after Kim Il Sung click here.
The Location of the Boulevard?
The boulevard is located just off of Russian Federation Street, which we assume might have been called USSR street. It is directly next to Mao Tse-Tung (Mao Ze-Dong) boulevard.
Overall a great area for photos next to street names.
It is also about 10 minutes walk from downtown Phnom Penh and about 20-25 minutes walk from the legendary bars of the riverside.
To read about the bars of Street 130 click here.
What can you do on the Boulevard?
Sadly not all that much, it is not much of a boulevard and there isn’t really any sidewalk either. There is a plaque dedicated to Kim Il-Sung and the boulevard houses the Cambodian Institute of Technology.
I think I also saw one coffee shop too! The Cambodian Railways track passes through the Boulevard, and you can walk down the track, which is pretty interesting as there are lots of hawkers out and well if you are lucky you might see a train.
Turns out we were lucky as a train went past as we were exploring the train tracks, as you can see from the photos and the video.
To read about taking the train in Cambodia click here.
And that is the skinny on Kim Il Sung Street in Cambodia. Next stop Tito!