Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

4 out of 5 stars 4 Stars - 97 Reviews

Samdech Sothearos Blvd.

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Royal Palace
    by CDM7
  • Royal Palace
    by CDM7
  • Royal Palace
    by CDM7
  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo

    Royal Palace

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 29, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    the majestic Throne Hall

    Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace complex is reminiscent of Bangkok’s Grand Palace though on a smaller scale. This can work to the visitor’s advantage however when one realizes that with an early start, you can have the whole place to yourself, a near impossibility in the Thai capital. Since King Sihanouk’s return to power, the actual Royal Palace is off limits but there are still ample things to explore. The Throne Hall which is crowned with a 59 meter tower that brings Angkor’s Bayon to mind, is the first thing one sets eyes on when entering the imposing compound. Though it dates back to 1919, many of the artifacts once kept here met a fate similar to the general Cambodian populace at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • balhannah's Profile Photo

    The Royal Palace

    by balhannah Updated Jul 19, 2013

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    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.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • xaver's Profile Photo

    Stunning

    by xaver Written Dec 2, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Royal Palace

    Once here there was a small town called Banteay Kev. It is not possible to visit all the palace, but just the silver Pagoda and the monuments nearby, this since the king Sihanouk is back in town.
    You can visit the palace since 8 am to 11 am and since 3 pm to 5 pm, the tiket price is 3 US dollars plus 2 if you want to bring camera.

    Was this review helpful?

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo

    The royal palace.

    by cachaseiro Written Feb 17, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Royal palace, Pnom Penh.
    3 more images

    The royal palace is the residence of the cambodian king and also an important historical site.
    There are lot´s of things to see there and the complex is very pretty and well worth a visit.
    The place was built in the 19th century and is a mix of french and khmer building style.
    Be aware that there is a fairly strict dress code for women in particular and knees and shoulders should not be shown at the palace compound or you will be refused entry.

    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • elpariente's Profile Photo

    Ell Palacio-The Palace

    by elpariente Written Feb 11, 2006

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    P.P.Pagoda de Plata - Silver Pagoda
    4 more images

    El Palacio Real impresiona cuando te vas acercando desde la orilla del rio .
    Es una construccion que recuerda el Gran Palacio de Bangkok y en ella destacan la Pagoda de Plata que tiene el suelo cubierto con baldosas de plata y un Buda de marmol , el Salon del Trono y los frescos que estan en los corredores alrededor del Palacio

    Advertencias :
    En cuanto tengas posibilidad de ver el palacio entra pues pueden cerrarlo sin avisar cuando el Rey tiene alguna ceremonia

    Para las mujeres: Si no quieres comprarte una camiseta en la puerta ven al palacio con mangas

    The Palace is really amazing as you reach it from the River front .
    It is a construction that remembers the Bangkok Grand Palace and on it we should like to underline the Silver Pagoda , with silver tiles on the floor and a marble Buddha , The Throne Hall and the frescoes that are in the corridors that surround the Temple

    Warnings :

    As soon as you can, go to see the Palace because they may close it without notice when the King has any ceremony

    For the women : If you do not want to buy a T-shirt in the gate wear something with sleeves

    Was this review helpful?

  • shrimp56's Profile Photo

    Meet me at the palace:)

    by shrimp56 Written Dec 23, 2003

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Stylistically similar, yet very different from the one in Bangkok. What is instructive, though, is how crowded the former was and how empty the latter was. Cambodia needs more visitors to enjoy its beauties and to help its economy.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Etoile2B's Profile Photo

    The Royal Residence

    by Etoile2B Written Sep 13, 2007

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Throne Hall
    4 more images

    The Royal Residence (Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk) is one of the favorite attractions with visitors to Phnom Penh. The palace was built in 1866 and is home to many valuable objects. The King of Cambodia still uses this as his official residence to date. Several buildings cover the grounds and are open and available for exploration during visiting hours. The grounds are beautiful and it is worth a visit. The grounds are small enough to cover in an hour or two, but more time could be spent in the serene surroundings.

    Be aware there is a dress code while visiting the Royal Residence and Silver Pagoda: No hats, no short skirts or shorts and no tank tops. A good rule of thumb is shoulders and knees should be covered. They will provide shirts as a cover up to wear while touring the structures.

    Admission is $3US and there is an additional $2US charge if you wish to use your camera during your visit. Hours: 7:30 – 11:00 am and 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tina-Perth's Profile Photo

    The Royal Palace

    by Tina-Perth Updated Jul 29, 2005

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Well, I would say that since you're in Phnom Penh, you must visit the Royal Palace, but I certainly wouldn't go to Phnom Penh for that reason.

    The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda were not the most interesting things we have done. It is lovely to see the Khmer architecture, but inside the buildings it's not particularly well maintained. The grounds are pretty enough. There is a miniature replica of Angkor Wat near the exit. They have made some attempt to create interest at the exit area with an example of a khmer house, a girl weaving silk, some music and a small museum.

    The Royal Palace was built in 1866 and is still the residence of the Royal Family. Of course that area is out of bounds.

    You are not permitted to take pictures of anything other than the outsides of the buildings and the gardens, even though they charge you to take your camera in.

    Opening Hours: 7.30am - 11.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00 pm.
    Entry Fees: US$3.00p/p, camera $2.00, video camera $5.00. Photography is not permitted inside any of the buildings.

    See next tip for rules of entry to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo

    Royal Palace

    by SirRichard Written Sep 23, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Throne Hall

    Undoubtely the main highlight in PP. It is a huge complex containing the Throne Hall, the Royal Residence, the Silver Pagoda and some other pavillions.
    You enter by Sothearos Boulevard. Tickets 3 USD.
    The main building is the Throne hall (see pic). At the left you will be surprised to see a rather western building. This pavillion was a present of Napoleon III to the king.
    By a little gate at the left you enter the Silver Pagoda, with silver tiles and the Emerald Buddha.

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tina-Perth's Profile Photo

    Rules for entering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

    by Tina-Perth Updated Jul 29, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1. Do not wear shoes inside the Throne Hall and temples
    2. No smoking
    3. Do not wear hats inside the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
    4. Be appropriately dressed which means no bare shoulders, stomachs or legs. Guards will prevent you from entering if you are not correctly dressed.
    5. Do not take photographs in the prohibited places.
    6. Do not touch the glass panes, walls, columns or murals.
    7. Keep quiet.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo

    A Fairytale Palace

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 19, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    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.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • Pakistaniguy's Profile Photo

    Must See No.4: Grand Palace

    by Pakistaniguy Updated May 1, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Grand Palace

    Phnom Penh's Royal Palace is open from 8 a.m to 11 a.m and from 2 p.m to 5 p.m everyday except on the national holidays. The admission fees is charged from adults as 3 US$. Visitors are only allowed to visit the palace's Silver Pagoda and its surrounding compounds. If you want to make photos then you have to pay extra 2 US$ for taking the photo camera inside and 5 US$ for a video camera.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • kelnsha's Profile Photo

    The Royal Palace - a must to visit!

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Inside the grounds of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
    4 more images

    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.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Other Pavilions

    by keeweechic Written Jun 26, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Wat Botum (aka Temple of the Lotus Blossoms) is the centre of the Thammayut (royalist) sect of Buddhism in Cambodia, which has been revived since Sihanouk returned. More than 150 monks were ordained here in 1992 and about 85 monks still reside at Wat Boum.

    The Chan Chaya Pavilion was created especially for performances of classical Cambodian dance. The Pavilion also acts as a front gate to the Royal Palace and a public events stage. Above the pavilion is a large portrait of King Sihanouk.

    Was this review helpful?

  • cal6060's Profile Photo

    Royal Palace: Silver Pagoda

    by cal6060 Written Jun 28, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace
    4 more images

    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.

    Related to:
    • Religious Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Phnom Penh

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

64 travelers online now

Comments

View all Phnom Penh hotels