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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. 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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  • Ensure you have a guide whilst looking around the palace grounds who can explain the stupas, various buildings and surrounds. Unfortunately the palace had an international visitor the day we went so w...  more »
  • This is not a big place to visit but it's worth it to meander around the buildings and admire the various exhibit displays on the Cambodian history, it's people and culture. We went on a weekday after...  more »
  • If you're in Phnom Penh to see the sights, then this has to be one of them. There are grander palaces in the world with more interesting histories, but the Royal Palace - though only around 150 years ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • $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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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Phnom Penh offers an impressive selection of accommodations, from budget-friendly guesthouses and economy hotels, to four- and five-star establishments charging steep prices for a blend of traditional hospitality and modern luxury. For most visitors on a limited budget, private guesthouses remain the best option, providing clean and comfortable rooms near the city's major attractions. Many cater specifically to foreign backpackers, featuring rooftop bars and offering nightly entertainment and organized activities.
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