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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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  • 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 well maintained Palace. The king still lives here, so you can't access the entire Palace. You can see the golden meeting hall from outside and the highlight is the emerald Buddha. There are guides available inside the place and charge 10$ same as the entry fee. Make sure you select a guide who can speak English clearly. There are restrictions on the clothing that you can wear inside so make sure to check it out before you go there to avoid buying clothes at the entry gate.
  • ព្រះបរមរាជវាំង រាជវាំង មានទីតាំងនៅតាមបណ្តោយមហាវិធី​សុធា​រស ដែល​សាង​សង់​ឡើង​នៅ​ឆ្នាំ​១៨៦៦ ក្នុង រជ្ជ​កាល​ហ្លួង​នរោត្តម។ នៅក្នុង​រាជ​វាំង ភ្ញៀវ​ទេសចរ​អាចទៅ​ទស្សនា​ដូចជាៈ -> ប្រាសាទទេវាវិនិច្ឆ័យៈ ជាកន្លែងសម្រាប់ស្តេចឡើងគ្រងរាជ្យ។ -> ប្រាសាទខេមរិន្ទៈ ជាកន្លែងព្រះមហាក្សត្រ និងព្រះអគ្គមហេសីគង់នៅ។ -> ប្រាសាទសំរានភិរម្យៈ ជាកន្លែងព្រះមហាក្សត្រឡើងគង់លើដំរីរាជ្យ។ -> ហោរបាគូ ឬហោរព្រះខ័ន ជាកន្លែងសម្រាប់ទុកវត្ថុសម្រាប់សោយរាជ្យ។ -> ច័ន្ទឆាយា ជាកន្លែងគេហាត់រាំរបាំព្រះរាជទ្រព្យ និងរបាំថ្វាយព្រះមហាក្សត្រ ព្រះញាតិ​វង្សានុវង្ស និង​ពួក​មន្រ្តី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់។ នៅ​ពីមុខ​ច័ន្ទ​ឆាយា មាន​ព្រះទិវា​សម្រាប់​ព្រះមហា​ក្សត្រ ធ្វើ​សាវនាកា ជាមួយ​ប្រជា​រាស្រ្ត និងមន្រ្តី​រាជការ​គ្រប់ជាន់​ថ្នាក់។
  • Very beautiful palace. A must see when in Phnom Penh. Entrance for foreigners is $10 and you are not supposed to enter the palace with a tank top. You can purchase T-shirts inside the entrance gate for a fair price of $3 though. Taking a tour guide is recommended. You get a lot of insight to the history of the palace and the culture of Cambodia. Tour guide is $10 for a whole group: 4 people pay $2,50 each.
  • The palace is of course fabulous. But you cannot criticize the King or risk up to 3 years in jail following a recent law passed by the peace loving democratic government that has ruled Cambodia for too long. Don’t be surprised if your guide whispers his or her comments to you as a result. Go visit for sure but know what’s going on in this country.
  • It is a must-visit in Phnom Penh. It is the current King's residence and you can visit it except the private building. You will find within the total area different building with different purposes. The Throne Hall maybe is the most impressive. The Dancing Hall can be seen from outside the riverside quay, because it is used too for the King see outside parades. Around 8 usd the ticket. Some guides at the door if you want hire them.
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