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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. Use our Phnom Penh trip maker site to arrange your visit to Royal Palace and other attractions in Phnom Penh.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Actually, extremely disappointing. One can only access the grounds and a single temple. What a complete waste of time. Keep your US$10 for something useful.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    The Royal Palace is a must visit when in Phnom Penh. The architecture is quite astonishing. You need at least a couple of hours to make sure you see everything, from the newest additions to the oldest...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Spent a bit over an hour wandering around and hearing about the history of the palace and seeing the beauty of the place. A massive task to keep it maintained but great to see some parts being restore...  more »
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  • April 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 16, 2017
    $10... What a rip-off compared to the prison and the Killing Fields which have much more historical relevance and a much better structure + audio guidance.. There are barely any instructions so I took the advice to take a guide (another $10 despite negotiating with several individuals). It has several interesting artifacts but my management summary is total rip-off.. Let's hope they do something decent with the entrance fee rather than making the king even more rich.. R.
  • May 18, 2017
    Incredible grounds which highlight the beautiful complexities of Cambodian history. Jaw-dropping architecture with ornate, intricate art, there were times when I simply couldn't believe what I was seeing, even if my camera proved it. It took me my second visit to Phnom Penh to take a tour of the Royal Palace, and if I ever come a third time, I would be sure to again visit these grounds. I had just finished a work-related meeting and wasn't even expecting to visit the Palace, but after taking about an hour-long tour, it totally changed my day and my perspective. Absolutely Incredible!
  • June 21, 2017
    Entry fee of $20 is a bit steep, however, very good addition to the genocide and killing fields circuit, obviously a lot easier to digest too. Highly recommend a guide for $10 USD. Tour takes about 60 to 90 minutes depending on your level of interest. Our guide was very informative.
  • June 17, 2017
    A little pricey for what is it, however it's extremely beautiful. Make sure to look under the carpets in the silver pagoda at the unique silver tiles. Look at all the diamonds on the buddhas as well. Great murals. Hot in there and drinks within the premises are expensive- bring your water with you!

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