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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Horrible place, dirty un kept and rude people. The guards who are meant to represent security are to be seen walking around the front of the palace in their undergarments and playing on their... more »
Mandatory stop is you come to Phnom Penh the Royal palace is really beautiful with that golden color. more »
We wouldn't have expected that this is such an interesting and nice place! Worth every single Dollar. We went there in the afternoon when it already was very hot, I guess a visit in the early morning would be more relaxed. At the entrance everything went on fast, we didn't have to wait. As almost everywhere we've been to in Cambodia, the staff was very kind. The only thing that annoyed us were some other tourists not respecting the rules by trying to take pictures of the throne room or sitting on the balustrade.
If you like or love Buddha, this place is a must-visit! I visited twice in two days; a second time, ONLY to enjoy 'the living' tree under which Buddha is supposed to have attained Enlightenment. To have a 'darshan'of this tree is a real treat. For that one reason alone I am giving it a five star. Try to visit early morning or late evening to avoid harsh sun. Also do not hesitate to hire a guide!
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