Serei Saophoan (city)

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Serei Saophoan
ក្រុងសិរីសោភ័ណ
City
Small lake in Serei Saophoan District
Small lake in Serei Saophoan District
Serei Saophoan is located in Cambodia
Serei Saophoan
Serei Saophoan
Location of Serei Saophoan, Cambodia
Coordinates: 13°35′N 102°59′E / 13.583°N 102.983°E / 13.583; 102.983
Country  Cambodia
Province Banteay Meanchey
District Serei Saophoan
Government
 • Type City municipality
Elevation 15 m (49 ft)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Total 190,349
 • Rank Ranked 4th

Serei Saophoan (Khmer: សិរីសោភ័ណ, Khmer pronunciation: [seʔrəi saopʰoə̯n], "Beautiful Freedom", is the capital and largest city of Banteay Meanchey Province and the fourth most populous city in Cambodia. The city separates Cambodia's National Highway 5 and National Highway 6. Its administrative name is "Serei Sophon" as used by the government. The more commonly used name "Sisophon" is derived from the Thai pronunciation "Si Sophon" when it was under the Thai rule. Another nickname "Svay" is used mainly by truck drivers, train drivers and workers transporting goods. The origin of the word "Svay" is unknown. Its population is 61,482 in the 1998 census, changing little to 61,631 in the 2008 census having been overtaken by Poipet in size.[2]

About forty minutes from Sisophon there is a Khmer temple ruin called Banteay Chmar.

Sisophon railway station with Phnom Bak hill behind, Dec. 2011

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Coordinates: 13°35′N 102°59′E / 13.583°N 102.983°E / 13.583; 102.983