Still the official imperial residence, Royal Palace features a palace to the north, the lavish Silver Pagoda to the south, a throne hall in the middle, and an inner court with private residential quarters to the west. The palace was built in 1866, but none of the original buildings have survived the test of time. Some were torn down and completely rebuilt, like the royal temple which had more than 5,300 silver tiles laid down during the 1960s. This silver pagoda houses two famous statues of Buddha: a small crystal emerald one and a larger one decorated with more than 9,500 diamonds. See the largest frescos in Southeast Asia on the 19th century walls surrounding the pagoda. Another notable structure is an open-air pavilion still used as a stage for classical dance performances. Use our Phnom Penh trip maker site to arrange your visit to Royal Palace and other attractions in Phnom Penh.
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There is a lot to take in at the Royal Palace. It doesn’t exude the wealth of some other properties but well worth seeing. Visit the silver pagoda with its silver floor tiles. Nice to see that so many... more »
Ho visitato il palazzo reale e la pagoda d'argento con mia moglie e miei due figli di 10 e 12 anni e all'ingresso ci hanno chiesto 40$ visto che anche i bambini pagano il prezzo pieno. È stata una vis... more »I visited the royal palace and the silver pagoda with my wife and two children aged 10 and 12 and at the entrance they asked us for 40 euros as the children also pay the full price. It was an interesting visit, especially the pagoda, but I find that the price is excessively high, especially considering the Cambodian standards (40th is what we paid for two nights of hotel in four...) and that most of the buildings you can see only from the outside.
Palace Gate Hotel, Phnom Penh Have stayed in many art- deco hotels, but cannot think of a better one. Built into the grounds of a French colonial home right opposite the palace, it is an art museum. Superb staff and amenities. Great gym ( awesome views) and pool. And a great breakfast spread. I'll be back just to stay at this place.
The palace occupied a large expanse of ground and comprised several buildings. The buildings were majestic with steep roofs and very similar to Thai architecture. What I found interesting were the sculptures of celestial beings that supported (or could be just decorative architectural pieces) the edges of the roofs with both hands holding up the eaves of the roof and feet at the sides of the wall. There were exhibits in the buildings but were not as impressive or numerous as those in the Royal Palace of Thailand. Near the exit, a group of musicians were playing music with traditional musical instruments which were commonly found in South East Asian countries.
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