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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.