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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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. Use our Phnom Penh trip maker site to arrange your visit to Royal Palace and other attractions in Phnom Penh.
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  • Amazing architecture building, Nice.garden the Palace closed to river side, huge space to walk around and many are history in here . Security at extrance was very helpful and provide you a water...  more »
  • Fantastic unique Khmer architecture, Royal Palace, a home of king of Cambodia. We enjoyed visiting it a lot. Highly recommend to visit while you are in Cambodia.  more »
  • Horrible place, dirty un kept and rude people. The guards who are meant to represent security are to be seen walking around the front of the palace in their undergarments and playing on their...  more »
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  • We wouldn't have expected that this is such an interesting and nice place! Worth every single Dollar. We went there in the afternoon when it already was very hot, I guess a visit in the early morning would be more relaxed. At the entrance everything went on fast, we didn't have to wait. As almost everywhere we've been to in Cambodia, the staff was very kind. The only thing that annoyed us were some other tourists not respecting the rules by trying to take pictures of the throne room or sitting on the balustrade.
  • If you like or love Buddha, this place is a must-visit! I visited twice in two days; a second time, ONLY to enjoy 'the living' tree under which Buddha is supposed to have attained Enlightenment. To have a 'darshan'of this tree is a real treat. For that one reason alone I am giving it a five star. Try to visit early morning or late evening to avoid harsh sun. Also do not hesitate to hire a guide!
  • The Royal Palace is situated just near the river and beside the Silver Pagoda. It has some other buildings also. Nice place to visit but over-priced. There is no information, so better to take a guide if you want to know the history of this place. Photos uploaded here includes the Royal Palace and its surrounding establishments which does not have separate location marker.
  • Beautiful buildings and structures. Unfortunately every single one of them except the Silver Pagoda was closed to the general public. We weren't allowed to take any photos of the inside of the Royal Palace or the inside of the Silver Pagoda. Also, there are literally no markings outside the buildings, so you have to guess what building it is on the map that's handed to you at the entrance. It's also strange that given all these shortcomings, visitors are charged a $10 entry fee.
  • I wasn’t expecting too much but my expectations were blown away by the beautiful architecture and the history behind the palace. Would recommend to get a local guide as they explain a lot of the history behind the buildings and the culture as well. Was worth the entrance fee of $10.

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