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Royal Palace

The palace is a complex of several buildings in the center of Phnom Penh right on the banks of the Mekong river. To reach this place, if you walk from the riverside which is a beautiful stroll you'll see the Palace. It is easy to find either you came from the otherside of the city and also is very known by tuk-tuk drivers

The palace was designed by architect Neak Oknha Thepnimith. The Palace was made when Cambodia was still part of the French protectorate. King Norodom Sihamoni has his residence in the Royal Palace. The former kings of Cambodia inhabited in the palace since its construction in 1860 except for the period when the Khmer Rouge was in power (1975-1979)

The palace has beautiful tropical gardens and impressive architecture. The silver pagoda is the splendor piece with a tiled of silver and filled with lots of golden Buddhas. You must fee entrance to get inside, $3 adult plus $2 for taking photos. Open everyday, 7:30-11:00 and from 2:00-5:00

shavy's Profile Photo
Jan 26, 2016

08-The Royal Palace

Spread over a large area of six hectares with high, strong walls, the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh faces east and is situated on the western bank of the junction of the Tonle Sap and the Mekong rivers. Built after King Norodum re-located his capital from Oudong 40 kms away to Phnom Penh during the 1866, it is a piece of Khmer Architecture.

A strict dress code is in place here - no bare shoulders and no showing of excess skin. Once you are past the main gate, you walk up to the ticket counter. If you like, you may opt for the audio guide. This makes better sense than hiring the services of an official guide who may rush you through the 'must-sees' so than he can pick up another tourist. As the Cambodian Royal Family resides within the Palace area, certain sections of the grounds are closed to the public.

There are a total of 9 buildings divided into 3 main sections - the main area which houses the Hall of Throne, the enclosure of the Silver Pagoda and the residential area of the Royal Family. Of the 9 buildings, the important ones are:

The Throne Room
The Pavilion of Napoleon III
Pavilion Phochani
Pavilion Chanchhaya
The Silver Pagoda.

Equally striking are the gardens, especially those surrounding the Silver Pagoda. There you may see a model of Angkor Wat.

The Throne Room is a striking building with a height of 59 metres. It is used for official functions and religious events. The earlier one was demolished in 1915 and a new one built in 1917. There are sculptures and busts of the earlier Cambodian kings as well as three thrones, two traditional ones and one modern one made of gold.

Located in the open pavilion garden, Phochani was used as a ballroom.

Chanchhaya Pavilion also known as the Moon Pavilion is easily recognizable by the huge image of the King of Cambodia on the outside of the building.

The Silver Pagoda is located inside the Royal Palace complex but is separated by a wall. It is also known as Wat Preah Keo, meaning the temple of the Emerald Buddha. The tiles of this pagoda are made of silver. There is also a library, statues, stupas and beautifully landscaped gardens.

The Royal Palace is approximately 5-minutes' walk from Phnom Penh's Central Market and 7- minutes' walk from the train station. You can also take a tuk-tuk or a taxi to get to the Royal Palace.

The opening hours are from 7:30 till 11:00 am and from 2:00 till 5:00pm.

The entrance fee is $3. You may add an extra $2 for taking photos.

First Written: Sep. 24, 2015

anilpradhanshillong's Profile Photo
Sep 24, 2015

Beautiful and glorious

Its a must place in Phnom Penh. You can enter the Palace and enjoy the history, art and Royal life.

It can be reached from anywhere of Phnom Penh within 15-20 miinutes by tuk tuk. Its rather crowded and please allow good time to visit various corners and gardens of the Palace. Its also a best place to demonstrate your photo skills. You may need at least 3 hours for this visit. The nearby-streets of the Palace offer numerous cafe, restaurants and shops.

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Feb 15, 2015


A lot has already been written about the Royal Palace but how many of us have looked up and seen the image of Buddha on the spire (i am sure that there is a correct word for this) on the roof of the building. The image is painted white and there are 4 of them facing each direction.

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 Khmer 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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Dec 04, 2014
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A must visit in Phnom Penh

During two or three hours I enjoyed the visit to all the temples and installations. In some halls there were musicians, in others I saw a sacred statue of Buddha very revered by the locals, the Silver Pagoda, etc., and everywhere there was beauty.

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May 27, 2014

Beautiful architecture, shouldnt be missed !

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.

ErwinKoo's Profile Photo
Mar 11, 2014

The Royal Palace

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.

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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Jul 19, 2013

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

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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Jul 05, 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

CDM7's Profile Photo
Apr 27, 2013

Royal Palace - well worth the effort

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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Mar 10, 2013

A must see: Royal Palace

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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Nov 17, 2012

Royal Palace

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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Sep 07, 2012

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Getting to Royal Palace


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