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Koh Pich to host ASEAN dinner


Inside the new Koh Pich City Hall opera boxes line the flanks of Phnom Penh’s newest venue. Photograph: Vireak Mai/Phnom Penh Post

The new function building at Diamond Island known as Koh Pich City Hall will host the ASEAN Foreign Minister’s dinner on July 12.

Completed in March and opened last month, construction of the lavishly furnished venue was timed to coincide with Cambodia’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year, to demonstrate this country’s
capability to deliver high-quality services for visitors.

The $5 million project, designed by architect Raborey Vuth, was started in November 2010, completed in March this year and opened in April.

“We feel proud about the building because it is for all the Cambodians,” said Project Engineer Chamroeun Meng.

“The concept of the building is a city hall and in front we have a beautiful Roman garden. The purpose of the building is to allow the high-ranking people to get married,” he said.

Koh Pich (Diamond Island) Public Relations Manager Kim Hoan Pheng says the first event in the new building was a wedding that took place in the first week of May.

“They liked it very much and after the wedding we got some more business. The idea of the city hall is that we provide high-end five-star service for luxury weddings, fashion shows, product launches, banquets and annual parties,” Kim said.

“It went smoothly and everybody loved it.  We had four deputy prime ministers joining the wedding party,” she said.

KohPich City Hall can hold up to 1,200 people for sit-down dining.  

Pricing for venues on Diamond Island range from $450 to $650 per table, depending on the menu.

Koh Pich General Manager Chor Khung said that because of the removable walls in the main exhibition halls at Diamond Island, the largest capacity room can accommodate 4,000 people.

Now under construction on the Mekong River’s edge is the Riviera Project, which will include condominiums and a supermarket.

“We don’t know the time frame, but we know that it is coming in the future.”

Upcoming events at Diamond Island include the Fourth Cambodia Gems & Jewelry Fair, from June 14 to 17; the Cambodia International Machinery Industry Fair (CIMIF) and the Cambodia International Textile & Garment Industry Fair (CTG) from August 17-20; CamFood and CamHotel from October 10 to 12 and the Seventh Cambodia Import-Export & One Province One Product Exhibition from December 15 to 18.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stuart Alan Becker at



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