Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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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

    The equestrian statue of King Norodom the guard
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    The Royal Palace

    by DaHongHua Updated Feb 25, 2012

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    According our tour guide, the Combodian raising the Cambodian flag on the pole means the King is in the palace. The living area for the King is at the smaller palace located next to the main palace. Every palace building has its own purpose for different kind of activities or ceremony.

    The Royal Cambodian Palace the flag shown the King is in the palace The Sala tree, the royal tree tourists from arround the world the servants in the Royal Museum
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    VISIT THE ROYAL PALACE HERE IN PHNOM PENH

    by DennyP Written Oct 19, 2011

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    This really attractive Palace was a must to visit while staying here in Phnom Penh. Located close by the river on Samdech Sothearos Boulevarde immediately noticeable is the traditional Kmer styled roof with its ornate golded guilding. Outside in thier small guardhouses stand at attention are the Palce guards that are on duty...to be enjoyed within its high walls are beautiful manicured gardens and plants.
    The Palace is the official residence of the present King Sihamoni so some parts of the Palace are inaccessabale to the visiting public..but there is much to see here , There is a wonderful model of Angkor Wat that shows the vast size of the amazing Temple, so revered here it is on the national flag.Located here also is the " Silver Pagoda" which has five tons of silver covering its floors. Wherever I go within Asia I am always amazed at the numerously different elegantly built old Temples, Statues, Chedis, and incredible religous architecture.

    BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS LOCATED WITHIN THE PALACE WALL BEAUTIFULLY MANICURED LAWNS AND GARDENS THE INCREDIBLE SILVER PAGODA WITH 5 TONS OF SILVER ROYAL  BEDS AND ORNATE COVERS THE INTRICATE MODEL OF THE WONDER OF ANGKOR WAT
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    Royal Palace, an impressive one

    by valeriemoore Written Oct 18, 2011

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    What I really love the most in Phnom Penh is The Royal Palace. It is situated on the bank of the Mekong river. It was built over a century ago and begun by King Norodom I. We can see the Khmer architecture inside which are so admirable. In the Royal Palace Compound is the Silver Pagoda where the Emerald Buddha is situated. We can enjoy the impressive cultural heritage of Asia.
    The Royal Palace is opened to public daily but it closes from 11:00 to 2:00. Make sure you will leave the place before the closing hour or the guards will force you to leave. The entrance fee is $ 6.25 for foreigners and extra $ 2 for camera fees. But, be careful that there are some buildings which are prohibited to take photographs.

    It is really awesome, I recommend.

    Throne Hall Phochani Pavilion Stupa Wat Preah Keo Morokat Moonlight Pavilion
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    The Royal Palace - a must to visit!

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is a striking structure near the riverfront, bearing a remarkable likeness to its counterpart in Bangkok. It stands on the site of the former citadel, Banteay Kev and looks out on to Samdech Sothearos Blvd between street 184 and street 240. Visitors are only allowed to visit the palace's Silver Pagoda and its surrounding compound.

    It is an extra USD2 to take in a camera and USD5 for a video camera. However, photography is not permitted inside the pagoda itself.

    Inside the grounds of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh Building with Elephant Dock Iron house given to King Norodom by Napoleon III Royal Palace, Samdech Sothearos Blvd Royal Residence Compound (closed to public)
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    Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    The Royal Palace was built in 1866 on the banks of the Mekong River., though there are many buildings that were added over the following decades.

    Inside the walls you will find the Throne Hall, the Chan Chaya Pavilion, the Napoleon III Pavilion, offered to King Norodom by Queen Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and the King's and Queen's residential quarters.

    However now you can only go into the Silver Pagoda. This is also called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha and is in the grounds of the Royal Palace. The floor of the Pagoda is constructed of 5000 silver tiles.

    In the center of the pagoda there is a magnificent 17th-century emerald Buddha statue made of baccarat crystal. The walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with frescoes depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana. This pagoda is the most visited due to its display of priceless historical objects.

    Definitely worth a visit.

    Entry Fee: $$3 per person, $2 per camera, $5 per video camera

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    A Fairytale Palace

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 19, 2011

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    Built in 1866 the Royal Palace was high on my list of "must sees" in Cambodia and it didn't disappoint. There was a bit of a line going in and anyone with shorts or sleeveless shirts were not admitted. Scarves over sleeveless shirts were also refused entrance.

    The Palace and temple was everything we expected .The buildings with their glistening coloured tiled roofs were stunning! The Palace actually consists of many building that were built over time .Many of the buildings of the Royal Palace, were constructed using traditional Khmer architectural . It still serves today as the Residence of the King .The King's living area, which actually takes up half of the total palace ground area is closed to the public.

    I particularly like the long house ,fronted by narrow covered corridors. The walls of the corridors were painted by typical landscape scenes

    We spent over an hour here for our visit and we could have spent longer ,but by now the hot humid afternoon weather was beginning to take its toll.

    Note: The Royal Palace opens daily but closes from 11:00-14:00. Entrance fee is US$6.25. No photography is allowed inside the Silver Pagoda and some of the Palace buildings.

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    Khymer Palace

    by NomadicWorld Updated Feb 9, 2011

    The royal palace is set on a road adjacent to the Mekong river, if you arrive early before the gates open you can get some refreshment from the street vendors opposite the gate. I seem to recall the palace does not open until around 10am, which meant we had a bit of time to have a walk down the river.

    Once inside the palace there are a number of buildings and temples you can go into.There are also some beautiful khymer statues in the grounds to admire. It takes a good two hours to look round properly so make sure you take some liquid refreshment in with you. On entry you are given a map or you can hire one of the guides to give you some more indepth information.

    Note : Photography is prohibited in some buildings most notably the silver pagoda and there are keepers on hand to keep an eye on those trying to flaunt the rules.

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    Royal Procession Artefacts

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    On the way out of the Royal Complex are two buildings containing artefacts used in the royal procession of King Norodom Sihamoni during his coronation in October 2004. On display are various procession group figures bearing the national, religious and monarchy flags, a drum of victory, spears of victory, swords of victory, crown jewels and other ceremonial objects.

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    Pavilion of Napoleon III

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    This mostly cast-iron pavilion was originally erected in Ismailia, Egypt for French Empress Eugenie during the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869. It was then presented to King Norodom by Napoleon III and reassembled here in 1876. Today it is an art gallery of oil paintings and photos of the former Kings of Cambodia.

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    Ho Preah Khan

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    This building is located on the left as you look at the Throne Hall. It was built between 1915-17 and is used to house the Cambodia Royal regalia and other court ceremonial accoutrements. You can visit the exhibits on display, inside, which include The Great Crown of Victory, The Great White umbrella of state, The Sacred Sword, The Victory Spear, The Fan and clothing worn during King Sihamoni's coronation. At the rear, note the seven mannequins wearing seven days' worth of colours.

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    Preah Tineang Phochany

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    This open-sided pavilion was built in 1912 as a dancing hall where classical and traditional dances of the Royal Ballet were performed and also where dinner parties are held for distinguished guests. It is also used by King Norodin Sihanouk to address audiences to the public.

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    Preah Moha Prasat Khemarin

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    The Khemarin Palace the "Palace of the Khmer King" is used as a residence by the King of Cambodia. It was constructed between 1927-30 by the famous Khmer architect Oknha Tep Nimith Khieu during the reign of King Sisowath Monivong and was used for use by foreign dignitaries visiting Cambodia. If the blue royal flag is flying, the king is in residence.

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    Preah Tineang Chanchhaya

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    This open-sided pavilion, meaning "Moonlight Pavilion", serves as stage for Khmer classical dance. It is also used by the king to deliver speeches on National Day or on special events and viewing parades marching along Sothearos Boulevard. The current Pavilion is the second incarnation having been built in 1913-14 under King Sisowath to replace an earlier wooden pavilion built under King Norodom.

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    Ho Samran Phirum

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    This building, located on the right as you look at the Throne Hall, was built between 1915 and 1917 and is used to keep the royal musical instruments and utensils for the use in royal coronation processions. The first floor used to be the waiting room in which their majesties could take a rest before mounting an elephant that had awaited them.

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