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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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Castle Historic Site
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Phnom Penh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Royal Palace and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Beautiful palace, and it's very Hot! Seriously why so hot?!!! Can't go into the palace, but the exhibition at the end of the Place walk is the highlight of the day as it is in the Air-conditioning Roo...  more »
  • Wonderful architecture, calm (if you avoid the organised tour groups), set in beautiful grounds. If you have a decent guide book no need to pay for a guide just wander and enjoy by yourself.  more »
  • The royal palace was alright..... the tour guide actually speak good english the royal palace itself is quite dated. Good for a day trip.  more »
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  • The Cambodian royal palace is quite beautiful and has a soothing feeling as well. The grounds are beautifully kept, there are also a few museums in the premises. There are also a few Buddhist temples including the holiest temple having the emerald Buddha. Some of the temples have paintings on the walls of Jataka stories and Ramayana. Good for spending a few hours. Better avoid the hot summer months when visiting.
  • $10... What a rip-off compared to the prison and the Killing Fields which have much more historical relevance and a much better structure + audio guidance.. There are barely any instructions so I took the advice to take a guide (another $10 despite negotiating with several individuals). It has several interesting artifacts but my management summary is total rip-off.. Let's hope they do something decent with the entrance fee rather than making the king even more rich.. R.
  • Incredible grounds which highlight the beautiful complexities of Cambodian history. Jaw-dropping architecture with ornate, intricate art, there were times when I simply couldn't believe what I was seeing, even if my camera proved it. It took me my second visit to Phnom Penh to take a tour of the Royal Palace, and if I ever come a third time, I would be sure to again visit these grounds. I had just finished a work-related meeting and wasn't even expecting to visit the Palace, but after taking about an hour-long tour, it totally changed my day and my perspective. Absolutely Incredible!
  • This place is stunning. The buildings are gorgeous and a pleasure to look at. However, there is absolutely zero information given to you whilst you walk about the grounds here. Even the exhibits that are open to the public only have one liner labels in English. If you go, get a guide. We didn't and we regret it.
  • A little pricey for what is it, however it's extremely beautiful. Make sure to look under the carpets in the silver pagoda at the unique silver tiles. Look at all the diamonds on the buddhas as well. Great murals. Hot in there and drinks within the premises are expensive- bring your water with you!