Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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    Beautiful architecture, shouldnt be missed !

    by ErwinKoo Updated Mar 11, 2014

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    Visited the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda ,on January 2014.Its within walking distance , from our Hotel , the Ohana Riverfront.
    This complex covers the area of 402 x 435 metres, and have several buildings like the Silver Pagoda on the south, Khmarin Palace on the Royal Throne at the central , and the Inner court on the west , also some libraries ,dance hall,royal chapel,royal conference hall and some stupas.
    There's also a building ,called the Iron Pavilion, a gift from Napoleon, because at that time ,Cambodia was a French protectorate.You can see that this building had a different style of architecture,mostly European style.
    This Iron Pavilion was closed when we visit , and later we were told that this building was closed to public, because its being restored.
    The Royal Palace itself built beside the river Ton Le Sap .facing to the east.
    This building was built in 1866, by the architect Neak Okhna Tep Nimith Mak, ordered by King Norodom.
    Its function until the present day , is the residence for the King of Cambodia.
    Go here early in the morning , at the front there are a lot of pigeons ,and you can feed them with corns and peanuts ,bought from people nearby.You can witness the sunrise and the stunning view of sunset ,in the afternoon.A nice lush green garden also located in this complex.
    The Silver Pagoda , named as is , because of glowing sheets of SIlver lined for the floor, a part of it are revealed to the public, the rest are covered with carpet.
    Inside this Silver Pagoda , we can see the artifacts ,given by the King himself , the royal family ,and government officers.
    Mainly the gifts given here are in the form of jewelry , statue of Buddha, precious stones , and also a full gold Buddha statue with diamond decorations.Photography and video recording are prohibited in the Silver Pagoda.
    The Royal Palace has many to see, and experienced , so spare some time in here , it opened for public from 07.30 until 11.00 and 14.00 until 17.00.
    Enterance fee is $ 3, dress properly.
    Some less significant building in the area are closed for public visit , and the whole complex can be closed down during official ceremonies.

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    The Royal Palace

    by balhannah Updated Jul 19, 2013

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    You really shouldn't miss this, it is just beautiful.

    The Royal palace was built in 1866, as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries. It is the home of the current King...... King Norodom Sihamoni.

    The Royal Palace complex and attached 'Silver Pagoda' compound consist of several buildings, and beautifully landscaped gardens all located within walled grounds overlooking a riverfront park.

    In 1863, a temporary wooden Palace was constructed a bit north of the current Palace site in Phnom Penh. Many of the buildings of the Royal Palace, were constructed using traditional Khmer architectural style but also incorporated European features and design as well. One from this period is the Napoleon Pavilion which was a gift from France in 1876.

    King Sisowath (1904-1927) made several major contributions to the current Royal Palace.
    From the time of the coup in 1970 when Cambodia became a republic, through the Khmer Rouge regime, and the communist regime of the 80s, until 1993 when the Monarchy was restored, the Royal Palace alternately served as a museum and was closed.
    During the Khmer Rouge regime, former King Sihanouk and his family resided and were held as prisoners in the Palace.
    In the mid-90s, many of the Palace buildings were restored and refurbished.

    Except for the area of the actual Royal residence, the Khemarin Palace, most of the Palace grounds and Silver Pagoda are open to the public.
    Enter from the gate on Sothearos Blvd about 100 meters north of Street 240.

    Guide pamphlets and tour guides are available near the admission booth.
    Multi-lingual tour guides available.

    LEAVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO LOOK AROUND, I took heaps of photo's here.
    TAKE NOTE OF THE OPENING TIMES - CLOSED FOR LUNCH
    OPEN.... from 7.30 to 11.00am and 2.00 to 5.00pm.

    ADMISSION IN 2013 $6.50

    There are EXTRA charges for CAMERA & VIDEO CAMERA.
    The Palace grounds are closed during official functions.

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    The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 5, 2013

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    The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh was built in the late 1860s during the reign of King Norodom. There are several palace buildings each with a steep tiled roof. The palace's Grand Throne Hall was once the site for the coronation of the Khmer kings.

    In the same compound, you can also visit the beautiful Silver Pagoda. The floors of this temple are covered with around 5,000 blocks of silver which weigh more than 6 tons. The temple courtyard has a covered walkway and its walls are decorated with murals of Cambodia's history and mythology.

    The buildings, art work and gardens here are all very beautiful and well worth seeing. It reminded me a little of the Royal Palace in Bangkok.

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    by CDM7 Updated Apr 27, 2013

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    Well worth a visit when in Phomh Penh,the palace and gardens are amazing but try and get here early as you can as it gets busy and very hot later in the day.
    The Royal Palace was constructed over a century ago to serve as a residence for the King of Cambodia and his family.The palace is situated in immaculate tropical gardens close to the river.High walls surround the property which cuts out the noise of traffic and other street noises.

    Admission $3 per person
    $2 camera
    $5 video camera
    Open every day : 7.30am-11am and 2pm-5pm

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    Royal Palace - well worth the effort

    by stevemt Updated Mar 10, 2013

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    The Royal Palace here is well worth the effort to go and see what you are allowed to see.

    You get to see the Coronation Hall, (from the outside and looking in), the Silver Pagoda and a few more adjacent buildings.

    The silver Pagoda, which you actually get in is full of treasures, you could spend some serious time here if you like that sort of thing.

    There are other exhibitions open, the royal dance costumes, (which includes some of the royal dinner sets and silver ware,) The royal panaquins, & The Royal Elephant seats.

    Photography is only allowed outside, but in the elephant seat room, many were taking photo's,

    Entrance fee is $6.50
    Opening hours 7:30 - 11:00 & 2:00 - 5:00

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    The Royal Palace

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The Royal Palace (or Preah Borom Reach Vang Chatomuk Mongkul) was begun in 1866 - on the site of an old palace from 1434 - by King Norodom. And the Kings of Cambodia have occupied the palace since it was built – with a period of absence when the country was controlled by the Khmer Rouge.

    The Royal Palace consists of three main compounds: The Silver Pagoda (read my other tips), the Throne Hall, and the Khemarin Palace. It was at the Throne Hall that the King's confidants, generals, and royal officials once carried out their duties, but today it is only used for royal ceremonies and other special occasions; such as coronations, royal weddings, and meetings with guests of the King. The Khemarin Palace complex is where Norodom Sihamoni - the present King of Cambodia - currently resides.

    You are allowed to move around the Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda, but not the Khemarin Palace complex. At the entrance you can hire an English speaking guide for a few dollars and it is recommendable. Our guide knew a lot about the Palace and also about the Buddhist and Khmer culture in general.

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    A must see: Royal Palace

    by theguardianangel Written Nov 17, 2012

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    Royal Palace is my favorite place we visited in the city! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to enter inside because a special ceremony was currently held there. But even just outside the compound, my friends and I enjoyed taking pictures. The pagodas were similar with those of the temples in Thailand.

    We were able wander outside having a view of the silver pagoda and throne hall. There’s also a wide open near the area where we enjoyed chasing a flock of doves. Also, the bright blue skies and green nature gave a very satisfying feeling.

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    Royal Palace

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 7, 2012

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    The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a must to see in Phnom Penh. It is a palace that blends between east and west. It features traditional Khmer architecture plus European designs and styles. After the French took over the City in 1863, king Norodom (1860-1904) signed the Treaty of Protection with the French Colonist in 1863. Then, the French built and constructed the Royal Palace in 1866, designed by architect Neak Okhna Tepnimith Mak. This Palace was also occupied by the following Kings:

    - King Sisowath (1904-1927)
    - King Monivong (1927-1941)
    - King Sihanouk (1941-1955)

    After Independence from French 1953:

    - King Norodom Suramarit ( 1955-1960)
    - 1960 ---> 1993 (Revolution Period including Khmer Rouge - King Sihanouk joint the Communist)
    - King Sihanouk ( 1993-2004)
    - King Norodom Sihamoni (2004-present)

    Today, this 174,870 square meters palace not only the residence for the King Norodom Sihamoni, but a popular tourist attraction in Phnom Penh. The palace is divided into 2 zones, north and south.

    From the entrance, you will visit the north part of the palace first. The north zone includes Victory Gate, Moonlight Pavilion, Royal Waiting room, Throne Hall, Royal Treasury, Royal office and Banqueting Hall.

    Then, the south zone include the Silver Pagoda surrounded by Mondap, King Norodom's and King Ang Duong's stupas, Koeong Preah Bat, Mt Kailassa, Kantha Bopha's stupa, Royal pavilion, and Angkor Wat model.

    I have the map, detail routes, and more photos of the Palace in my travelogue.

    I spent around 2.5 hours to see both zones plus several museum displays on the way to exit.

    Opening Hours: 8:00-11:00 (morning shift); 14:00-17:00 (afternoon shift)

    Admission: US$6.25 per adult.

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    Sothearos Blvd

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 7, 2012

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    Sothearos Blvd is a stunning street that reflect the art and history of Cambodia. After the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship square, continue to walk toward north. First, you will see the beautiful Supreme Court House building, golden Khmer style architecture. You can't go in because it is not opened to the public. On the west side of the street, it is the wall and the gates of the Royal Palace. The long wall and the street scene reflect a typical postcard or picture on travel magazines that you might have seen it before. If you have not visited the Royal Palace, the main entrance is right on this street. The Moonlight Pavilion is the only building in the Royal Palace that can be seen on this street. The Royal family use the Moonlight Pavilion when there is a royal celebration or event on the street, and firework on the river bank. Further north, you will see the entire structure of the National Museum, and visit the Wat Ounalom at end of the street.

    Great Experience!!

    Also read, The Royal Palace.

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    Royal Palace: Gallery of Ramaketi frescoes

    by cal6060 Written Jun 28, 2012

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    The Gallery of Ramaketi frescoes is located at the south zone of Royal Palace, a long corridor behind Chedi of King Norodom and Chedi of King Ang Duong.

    The first thing that catch my eyes was this colorful series of Khmer drawing on the wall. Some of the drawings include Silver Pagoda as the main building. The King sits in the middle with servants, dancers and guests. There are angels and devils on the sky too. Those paintings really tell the ancient story of the Khmer King's life.

    Don't miss!

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    Royal Palace: Silver Pagoda

    by cal6060 Written Jun 28, 2012

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    Silver Pagoda is commonly known as Wat Preah Keo by Cambodians. This is where the King and family come to do their ritual prayer. It was first built with wooded structure in 1892 by King Norodom, later was rebuilt with current structure since 1960s. During Khmer Rouge period, the temple was preserved as to demonstrate the conservation of Cambodia's culture riches to the World. Unfortunately, more than half of the original contents had been stolen and continued the destruction from the Vietnamese invasion. But the remaining items are still spectacular mostly the gold and jeweled Buddha statues. The Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds, and the largest one set in the crown weight 25 carats.

    Official Name in Cambodia: Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot.

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    Royal Palace: Moonlight Pavilion

    by cal6060 Updated Jun 28, 2012

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    Moonlight Pavilion is also known as Chan Chaya Pavilion. It was built between 1913-1914 by King King Sisowath. It is an open-air pavilion used as a stage for the Khmer classical dance. This is the building that people can see from the outside of the Royal Palace. It is often used as a balcony for the King and guests to view the marching along Sothearos Boulevard. In 2004, the celebration of the coronation of King Norodom Sihamon was held here with banquet and firework.

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    Royal Palace: Throne Hall

    by cal6060 Written Jun 28, 2012

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    Throne Hall was first built with wooded structure between year 1869-1970 by King Norodom. It was demolished in 1915. The current structure was constructed in 1917, and completed by 1919 under King Sisowath.

    It was the place where the king's confidants, generals and royal officials carried of their duty here. Today, It is a place for the King to meet with special guests, held important royal ceremonies like coronation and royal weddings.

    This 30x60 meters concrete structure has golden yellow roof. The central of the roof comes with 59 meters spire topped with white four-faced head of Brahma. The roof is surrounded by Khmer angels with artistic look. The interior is decorated with European style lighting and carpets. The front hall is the King's seat and surrounded by Khmer ritual items.

    In Cambodian: The Preah Thineang Dheva Vinnichay

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    DON'T MISS THE ROYAL PALACE COMPLEX

    by davidjo Written May 21, 2012

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    ROYAL PALACE

    Really amazing place, many building to see including the Throne Hall where coronations used to take place, but the best is the Silver Pagoda whose floor is covered with solid silver tiles weighing a kilogram each. The Pagodas contents were ransacked by the Khymer Rouge but the Silver floor was kept intact to show the world that they were interested in preserving the country's culture. Inside there is an emerald buddha and a golden buddha decorated with over 9000 diamonds, also buddhas from Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Many other items on display that are interesting.

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    ROYAL PALACE

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 24, 2012

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    The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Its full name in the Khmer language is Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk. The Kings of Cambodia have occupied it since it was built in 1860's, with a period of absence when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.

    Many of the buildings of the Royal Palace, particularly of this period, were constructed using traditional Khmer architectural and artistic style but also incorporating significant European features and design as well. One of the most unique surviving jstructures from this period is the Napoleon Pavilion which was a gift from France in 1876.

    The Royal Palace has had some major modifications to its buildings over time; nearly all of the King Norodom era buildings have been demolished completely. The King's living area (closed to public) has also undergone big changes. In 1960s the Silver Pagoda has undergone a tremendous face-lift with its tiles replaced and buildings given new paint.

    The palace has always been a popular tourist attraction in Phnom Penh. Visitors are able to wander around the Silver Pagoda compound and the central compound containing the Throne Hall and Chan Chhaya Pavilion. 

    $3.00/person, $2.00/camera, $5.00/video cam.

    Open everyday (except holiday): 7:30-11:00 / 2:30-5:00

    NOTE: don't wearing tank top, short or pants to entering the Royal Palace

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