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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, a pagoda on 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 has been paved with more than 5,300 silver tiles 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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  • It was very close from our accomodation so we have been to royal palace. Things to know:) Admission: $10 per person Shorts need to cover your knees but no one really seem to care They close from 11 am...  more »
  • We arrived at 10:15 and were not allowed in. Staff were very rude to us speaking English and then saying 'we don't speak English' but they clearly could and then other Cambodians outside found it very...  more »
  • Must have in Phnom Penh. Little palace of the king of Cambodia insight of a beautiful area in the center of Phnom Penh. 
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  • You must see the royal palace and silver pagoda, it's fabulous! So to practicalities, opening hours 7.30 to11am and 2 to 5pm. Entry costs $6.50 per person. Clothing must be modest as this is a religious site, ie no shorts, no bare shoulders, so long shorts and short sleeved t shirt for men are passable but ladies need a longer than knee length skirt or trousers and a top with sleeves, singlets, vests with spaghetti straps, even when worn with a wrap, or loose kimono style cover up will get turned away. Also you will need to remove your shoes to enter some areas. The guides are $10 and walk with you explaining everything, so we felt our guide was well worth the money, and really added to the experience The palace visit takes about an hour and 30mins and there are lots of great photo opportunities
  • This is an awesome cultural experience. Palace has been rebuilt from the ashes of the original palace. The palace was deserted many years ago and went into ruin. Instead of knocking down the royal compound, they rebuilt using the building that were still standing. You can't tell the old from the new, the refurbishment is flawless and all the original majesty of the place still exists. You are free to roam the compound and take in the many halls and temples. The palace is still used for official ceremonies, and the king still visits when required. The gardens are kept brilliantly well, with trimmed hedges and ornamental trees. It is a must visit when in Phnom Phen. It is full of creative and artistic details, colour and impeccable craftsmanship
  • A great place where the King stays can be entered to some part inside which is allowed to see a lot of nice things, such as Preah Keo Morakot Temple, etc. This great place is located facing the river. On top of that, there is a large space for citizens to enjoy having fresh air and viewing the beautiful landscape. However, this palace has come a long way already and now it becomes a part of tourist destination as well.
  • I read the other reviews with great interest. My main purpose is to decide whether to visit and to obtain practical information on an actual visit ie. price, entrance location, things to see or avoid etc. Having seen numerous palaces and castles, both operating and museum like, I feel well placed to comment objectively. There is almost nothing to see here, save for lovely gardens. Granted there are a few buildings of Cambodian style but most cannot be entered or your only allowed to peak through the door or window ( and not take pictures ) and those that are accessible have either no information or staff speaking a language other than Khmer. This is where you must decide whether to hire the on site guides. As there is not much of historical significance here (most has been rebuilt in the last 100 years) and the architecture is repetitive, I suggest doing a Wikipedia search and reading in advance - out of the heat. Some will take me to task for being harsh but the reality is, for a city or country to keep tourists happy and informed, effort has to be made and investment in staff and facilities made. A proper and informative pamphlet, an audio guide (why should a small group of guides hold the whole visit to ransom?), signage at each stop and staff that can explain the area they are sitting in, instead of picking their teeth and grunting at the people paying their wages. The USD6.50 is not much in the scheme of things. How about USD10 and do it properly?
  • It looks nice from outside. Wish I could've seen the inside. I was wearing long pants and a tank top with a huge scarf covering all of my upper body. Was denied entrance as scarfs are not allowed, need to wear sleeves. I had been to 2 pagodas that morning and went to every temple in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam with the same outfit with no issues. Cambodia, I love you, but you take it too far sometimes....