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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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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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  • 雖然跟曼谷的大皇宮比差了一截 但沒有來過就不算到過金邊 算是到金邊必定參訪的行程 附近景點都很接近非常方便  more »
  • An Audio Guide would be useful here so eliminating the need for a personal guide who can get carried away with his faourite buildings and art. Closes at 11.00 until after lunch.  more »
  • Very High price for what we can see. Lots of room was close to the public, there is no explanations or paper sheet to help us during the visit. Therefore, guides are really expensive.  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.
  • 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.
  • Grand Palace was very well maintained and beautiful grand hall. The grounds were fairly large and would take approx 30-45 minutes here. There was only 1 temple you could enter. Open 9-11 and from 2-5. Get here a couple minutes early if you are there for 2 pm as it was quite busy and long line ups. The foreigner cost is $10. It was a good experience, but not sure I would want to repeat for $10.
  • 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.
  • Here's what most other reviews won't tell you. You can't enter most buildings. Most are entirely closed although at the main Palace building you can stand on the outside and look in. But don't even think about taking a photo of the inside (from the doorway). It's forbidden. Do yourself a favor if you're going places on your own and don't waste your time. If you're part of a tour bus group, you're probably going whether you want to or not.