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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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#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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  • We enjoyed and afternoon visit to the Royal Palace and were not disappointed. It was really beautiful and the differing areas of the Palace were absolutely stunning. There is no point describing in....  more »
  • The Royal Palace is the official residence of the monarch of the country. You need to be decently dressed to visit this place, cover your shoulders and knees. The palace is beautiful and there are a.....  more »
  • This tour is best completed in the morning as it gets quite warm in the courtyards. It's worthwhile investing in a guide to give you a private tour to all the insights and it's also gives you an...  more »
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  • Go there right after lunch, so you will find it quite empty. Remember the dress code since they will enforce it. It is a nice spot with great buildings and its worth the entrance fee. Takes about 45min to go round inside the area.
  • The Royal Palace has typical Cambodian architecture with arched tiles and scrolls on the roofs and buildings painted in ochre colours. It is adorned with gold and there are opportunities to see the royal outfits for every day of the week, weddings and special occasions. The gardens are beautiful. More buildings are going up around the palace. The halls are opulent and beautifully appointed. There are a number of buildings to visit within the complex. There are some interesting statues of elephants on the way out.
  • Worth a visit if really like the history story. Entry cost usd 10 per person. Inside area very big, split in two partition but both structures are identical, first big building work as meeting room, other side big building build for store room, it keep lot of statues which make of gold, silver and diamonds. Even the whole floor are build of silver, so all visitors actually walking on silver floor cover with carpet. It should around 1 to 2 hours for normal visit.
  • The Royal Palace has typical Cambodian architecture with arched tiles and scrolls on the roofs and buildings painted in ochre colors. It is adorned with gold, and there are opportunities to see the royal outfits for every day of the week, weddings, and special occasions. The gardens are beautiful. More buildings are going up around the palace.
  • Awesome. Must visit place in Bangkok. Open till 4 pm. You will see heritage & cultural aspects of Thailand here. Great experience. They should make it free of cost though for tourists.
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