Admittedly the focal point of the Royal Palace compound, the Silver Pagoda is an impressive sight inside and out. Housing not only an Emerald Buddha made of Baccarat crystal but also a life size golden Buddha encasing nearly 10,000 diamonds, it takes its name from its floor composed of over 5000 one kilogram silver tiles. If this isn’t enough to make you dizzy, you can bask in the 360 degree view of assorted Khmer art that ornament the walls. Though it cost $2 in addition to the already high $3 admission charge to bring a camera in, it is forbidden to take photos inside the pagoda.
Silver pagoda, cause its floor is covered by more than 5000 pieces of silver whose weight is about 1 kg cad.
Even if the silver is totally covered by carpets, you still have a werid sensation on your feet while walking there.
Cameras are forbidden, so if you only wanted a picture of the pagoda, save your money and do not buy a tiket for the camera.
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.
Other of the main highlights. Is inside the Royal Palace, at the left as you enter.
The floor is covered with silver tiles (thus its name), though most of it is protected by a red carpet.
Inside lives the Emerald Buddha.
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.
They wouldn't let me take my camera inside. Snarl. So this outside picture is as close as you'll get on this page to the most beautiful pagoda I have ever seen.
Tiled completely in silver (hence the name), the pagoda contains the beautiful Emerald Buddha, a giant Baccarat crystal statue of the Buddha. In addition, all sorts of amazing artistic treasures lines the walls of the pagoda. Supposedly, this was the one place where the Khmer Rouge did not destory whatever works of art or culture they could get their hands on. Instead, they only destroyed 40% of what they found here.
Thinking about the horror that the Khmer Rouge wrecked upon their country, and the fear and danger that still lurks there to this day, I can only wish that we (the USA) had recognized the threat before and instead of focusing our energies on fighting an unnecessary and useless war in Vietnam against a man who could have been an ally, we had stopped this genocide before it started. The world dropped the ball here. And it continues to do so in places like Rwanda, the Congo, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
In the same complex as the Royal Palace is the Silver Pagoda which houses some priceless Bhuddas, including the Emerald Bhudda and a 90kg statue made of gold studded with 9,584 diamonds! The floor of the pagoda is made up of more than 5,000 blocks of solid silver. This stupa in the grounds contains the ashes of a old king.
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.
The ‘Silver Pagoda’ (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is one of the city’s most often visited because of its display of priceless objects. The Pagoda draws its name from the over 5000 silver tiles which cover the floor of the vihear. The vihear serves less as a functioning temple than a depository for cultural treasures such as the ‘Emerald Buddha’, innumerable statues, a Royal Litter and other priceless objects. Rarely seen in Cambodian pagodas, turn of the century paintings of the Ramayana epic adorn the outer wall.
Open daily, except Mondays, from 8:00 - 11:00 and 14:00 - 17:00. Entrance fee. Cameras & videos are extra.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.