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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

3.8
#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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  • Absolutely beautiful buildings. Very very hot when we went, there is some shade but take water! It’s very open and the heat beats off the concrete! Modest dress is necessary or you won’t get in. Short...  more »
  • Our guide 'Red' was informative, entertaining and excellent in showing us and explaining all about the palace. Well worth the visit. But be warned about dress code. Covered shoulders and knees for wom...  more »
  • This was included on our itinerary, along with the silver pagoda. This is the official royal residence with excellent examples of traditional Khmer roofs. Worth spending wandering around the grounds  more »
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  • A SUPERB MAGICAL PLACE. MAJESTIC. The palace was absolutely beautiful. There was gold everywhereeee. A big place also, but rather hot when I went there. The ticket fee was cheap. Wearing appropriate clothes is a must. It was definitely not my first time visiting a palace and believe me, I am not exaggerating when I say I was totally blown away. I wish I could spent more time there.
  • Very beautiful palace however $10 per person for a family of 5 and then they ask for another $10 for a guide. Sorry the entrance fee is expensive enough. Some incredibly ornate buildings and able to enter some of the buildings to see costumes, furniture, decorated pieces etc but i think a little over priced in general.
  • Sorry to give this such a bad review because it seems like a beautiful place, but, myself (female) and my friend (male) were stopped on the way in, we were both in a t-shirt and shorts, I was asked to cover up (by a bunch of men) luckily I had bought a full length skirt in the market earlier as they were selling the most horrid pants (or potato sacks as I would call them) for $10 if you didn't have something to cover up in. We got to the ticket desk and it was $10 per person (person being anyone over 6 years old). I couldn't justify it, especially after feeling like a lesser citizen for my gender, if it was free admission or even $5 I would have bit my tongue to see one of the main attractions in Phnom Penh.
  • Royal Palace is definitely not to be missed for a visit to Phnom Penh. Fine architecture and decorations... you pay for one ticket price and get to explore the whole complex. When we visit on a Friday morning, there are not too many tourists - just one or two tour groups so we can walk around and take photos comfortably. Note that the complex is closed from 11am to 2pm. Dress modest for entry!
  • Nice place to visit, take a guide to help you understanding Khmer/royal Khmer culture. You have to know that the Royal Palace closes between 11h00 and 13h00, so plan your day consequently. You will discover a lovely and quite place in a noisy city.
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