Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh

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    The Silver Pagoda

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The Silver Pagoda is located on the North side of the Royal Palace complex. The official name is Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot, but is called the Silver Pagoda because the floor is covered with 5,329 silver tiles of 1.125 kg each.

    Today, the Silver Pagoda is more a museum for cultural and religious treasures than a functioning temple, and the most famous artefact is the “Emerald Buddha of Cambodia” from the 17th century.

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    Silver Pagodaor the Temple of the Emerald Buddah

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 19, 2011

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    Located within the Palace compound sits the Silver Pagoda .Removing our shoes we stepped inside . We were immediately wowed ! The floors are covered with 5000 silver tiles each weighing over a kilo and glittering gold and diamond statues everywhere. Granted most of the silver floors are covered .There is a section near the entrance on display , so we get the idea. One Golden Buddah weighs 90kg and has over 2000 diamonods.I'm surprised we don't see heavier security!! There are many smaller gold and diamond buddahs as well as solid silver pieces. Directly behind the largest one is the famed Emerald Budda said to be made of baccarant crystal.

    Entrance $3.00

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    King Norodom Statue

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    This statue within the Silver Pagoda compound is that of King Norodom. It was erected in 1875 and mounted on the pedestal in front of the temple in 1892. The canopy was a later addition by King Sihanouk in 1953 who embarked on a "Royal Crusade" in an attempt to gain independence from France. During this period he came to pray at the statue for victory.

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    Stupas

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    Within the grounds of the Silver Pagoda are five stupas, with the two largest to the east containing the ashes of King Norodom and King Udung, while between them stands a statue of King Norodom on horseback seemingly about to charge outside. The southern stupa was built in 1908 and contains the ashes of King Ang Duong.

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    Angkor Wat Model

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    Like Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, there is a model of Angkor Wat which is located behind the temple in the Silver Pagoda compound. If you haven't yet visited Angkor Wat then this model is good to look at in order to get an overall view of how Angkor Wat looks like before you visit it in real life.

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    Galleries

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    Like Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, the Silver Pagoda has murals running around its outer wall telling the story of the Ramayana. The murals here, however, originally painted in 1903-4, are in poor condition and were probably not helped by a Khmer-Polish restoration project begun in 1985 but halted five years later when the money ran out. If you want to follow the full story, start at the east gate and follow the murals for their full 604 metres.

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    Silver Pagoda

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    The Silver Pagoda is a compound located on the south side of the Royal Palace. It features a royal temple officially called Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot but is commonly referred to as Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Built between 1892 and 1902, the temple houses many national treasures such as gold and jewelled Buddha statues. Most notable is a small 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha (the "Emerald Buddha" of Cambodia) and a near-life size Maitreya Buddha made out of solid gold weighing 90 kilograms and encrusted with 2086 diamonds dressed in royal regalia commissioned by King Sisowath. During King Norodom Sihanouk's pre-Khmer Rouge reign, the Silver Pagoda was inlaid with more than 5,000 silver tiles and some of its outer facade was remodelled with Italian marble. All up, some 1,650 artefacts are on display, ranging from platinum cigarette boxes with emeralds the size of quail eggs to gold spittoons but photography is forbidden.

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    The Temple of the Emerald Buddha

    by CEP1863 Written Dec 23, 2009

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    The 'Silver Pagoda' sits next to the Royal Palace, separated by a walled walkway, but within the same larger walled compound. The Silver Pagoda's has received it’s popular name after the solid silver floor tiles that adorn the temple building. It’s correct name is Wat Preah Keo Morokat, which means 'The Temple of the Emerald Buddha'. The pagoda compound as a whole contains several structures including a library and various stupas, shrines and monuments. The gardens are also well worth a stroll around. No photography is allowed inside the Silver Pagoda.

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    by Tedsocoa Written Mar 27, 2008

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    Inside the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is a MUST to visit. The famous massive silver floortiles are of course the highlight of this visit. No problem to take of your shoes before going inside.
    What I appreciated even more, are the beautiful gardens around, walking around you discover the most splendid flowers, plants, palmtrees...

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    The Silver Pagoda & The Emerald Buddha

    by Etoile2B Updated Sep 12, 2007

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    One of the major tourists attractions in Phnom Penh is the Silver Pagoda. Admission to the Royal Residence includes the Silver Pagoda, which is on the premises. The draw of the Silver Pagoda is the fact that the floor is made up of 5329 sterling silver tiles. The other main feature, and probably more spectacular is the Emerald Buddha housed within the Silver Pagoda. 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. **Photography is prohibited inside the Temples.

    Hours: 7:30 – 11:00 am and 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

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    by runwitme Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    The Silver Pagoda is the most noteworthy temple in Phnom Penh. It is the official temple of the King of Cambodia. It is named for the 5,000 silver tiles which are used to pave the temple's floor. Each tile was handcrafted and weighs 1.125kg. They only open a small section for you to view the silver tiles. (near the entrance). The rest of the area is carpeted.

    It also boasts a life-size Buddha image made of solid gold and adorned with diamonds and othe precious stones. There is also an Emerald Buddha which gives rise to the Khmer name of the temple - The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morokat).

    Note: Photography is prohibited inside the temple.

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    The Silver Pagoda

    by mary2u99 Written Apr 6, 2006

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    The Silver Pagoda is a temple that has a sliver plated floor, and serves as the private temple for the King when he is in town.

    The silver pagoda is often called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Preah Kaeo.

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    Silver Pagoda

    by NedHopkins Written Mar 9, 2006

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    Adjacent to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is actually several temples and other structures, all of great beauty. The Khmer Rouge, who destroyed so much of Cambodia's (and Phnom Penh's) heritage, let those of the Silver Pagoda stand -- as a testament, they said, to the excesses of the nation's monarchy.

    The Silver Pagoda and adjacent buildings were erected mostly in the 19th century, some of them renovated in the 20th.

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    Silver Pagoda or Wat Preah Keo.

    by euzkadi Written Oct 20, 2005

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    Built in 1892 by king Norodom and restored in 1962 by king Sihanuk, this beautiful pagoda is a beautiful example of Kmer art. It´s covered by 5,000 silver floor tiles. it also has a lot of statues, the most famous of all, a priceless gold buddha covered by diamonds. It´s not possible to take pictures.

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    The Silver Pagoda

    by Tina-Perth Written Jul 29, 2005

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    The Silver Pagoda is at the site of the Royal Temple. Here again, I was not overly impressed, though I'm sure some people would disagree with me.

    In Khmer, the Silver Pagoda is known as Wat Preah Keo Morokat. So named for its 5,000 silver tiles which cover the floor. There were glass cases of silver items (not that silver anymore). Mostly the same objects, just different sizes. It is less of a temple and more of a museum, but still not that interesting to me.

    I certainly would not advise anyone to take a trip to Phnom Penh based around this experience.

    Once again, no photography is allowed, so you don't even get to bring back the memories of what you did see.

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