Theme park closes in Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH, 26 February 2016: Dreamland, Cambodia’s biggest amusement park, will close 1 March after the contact expires.

The amusement park posted on its facebook, Tuesday, that it was ending its business 1 March.

Phnom Penh Post said the park opened in 2011 on a 5-hectare plot of land opposite the NagaWorld casino. It was not a popular attraction with foreign tourists.

inside no 3KNN Cambodia Co Ltd said it had invested USD10 million in the theme park, which features a Ferris wheel, water park, bumper cars and other fairground rides.

The property owner, Thai Boon Roong Co Ltd, said it would use the site to build a 133-storey twin-tower commercial building, similar to towers that dominate the Bangkok skyline. The plan will cause considerable opposition from residents who would prefer to see the city retain its low-rise charm that sets it apart from over-developed and traffic jammed capitals in ASEAN.

Dreamland was the first amusement park in Phnom Penh, located in the heart of the city at the intersection of the Tonle Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers.