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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Phnom Penh
Still the official imperial residence, Royal Palace features a palace to the north, the lavish Silver Pagoda to the south, a throne hall in the middle, and an inner court with private residential quarters to the west. The palace was built in 1866, but none of the original buildings have survived the test of time. Some were torn down and completely rebuilt, like the royal temple which had more than 5,300 silver tiles laid down during the 1960s. This silver pagoda houses two famous statues of Buddha: a small crystal emerald one and a larger one decorated with more than 9,500 diamonds. See the largest frescos in Southeast Asia on the 19th century walls surrounding the pagoda. Another notable structure is an open-air pavilion still used as a stage for classical dance performances. Use our Phnom Penh trip maker site to arrange your visit to Royal Palace and other attractions in Phnom Penh.
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  • This fantastic Royal Palace is superbly maintained. Golden roofs, colourful décor and immaculately manicured gardens. Small museums near the exit area with half sized procession. This must not be miss...  more »
  • I don't know how the visit is with a guide as a visited alone, but without a guide the price of entrance is very high. There is not much to see and no explanation at all. They rise the entrance price ...  more »
  • The royal palace is really beautiful, and worth a look for its architecture and the wonderful pieces kept in the pagoda of money. Now, it suffers a lot from the comparison with the royal palace in Bangkok, which is much more rich and majestic...
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  • The palace is of course fabulous. But you cannot criticize the King or risk up to 3 years in jail following a recent law passed by the peace loving democratic government that has ruled Cambodia for too long. Don’t be surprised if your guide whispers his or her comments to you as a result. Go visit for sure but know what’s going on in this country.
  • Royal Palace is a nice place to visit as it is real Palace where our present King family living there. To respect him, all tourists has to be wear the proper clothes not short sleeves and short pants. You will have to walk around to see silver pagoda, meeting Hall, beautiful Garden ... and I love the Romdoul tree there.
  • Very nice palace, the buildings are very impressive and well preserved. In the entrance to the palace there are a lot of guides offering a guided tour, we didn't take one. However, I think a guide will make the palace way more interesting if you just walk by yourself. The main reason for that is there are not many explanations along the way.
  • The latest situated Royal Palace of Cambodia. My experience there is no more of feeling the tranquility of inside the compound. Each palace is an architectural masterpiece. The compound is not densely packed which give a lot room for the well-preserved culture of Khmer people. It is best to visit in the morning because the weather would be very pleasing and the smell of flower would fresh up your mind. One minor draw back is the lack of the signifier. You might get a little lost since you can't find any arrow points to the next attractions.
  • Beautiful architecture and landscapes gardens. There is a strict dress code - make sure you wear pants below the knees and sleeved shirts. I had read that sleeves need to be to the elbow but mine were just past the shoulder and no one objected. The $10 includes the silver pagoda which houses the emerald Buddha - both are impressive although the pagoda would have been more impressive if they removed the carpets that protect the silver floor.

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