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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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  • It's one of the attractions of Phnom Penh that must see and which takes only about 1:30. There are still a lot of people on site therefore prefer to go early.
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  • The Palace area is very nice. Unfortunately since a Vietnamese tourist tried to sit in the king' chair they don't allow you in but you can still see the magnificent buildings . With a visit  more »
  • We arrived at the Royal Palace on our own, and employed the services of a tour guide at the gate for $10 USD (1 hour tour). He was very knowledgeable, and told us about the history and traditions at t...  more »
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  • This place is just wow, an amazing architecture with stunning buildings! The art and the garden is very well taken care of, it worth every penny to go inside and see it yourself. I was stunned by the beauty of the building and the garden itself. Attention! Check the opening hours, it is closed for several hours around noon.
  • Very interesting building. The golden paghoda is the best thing in this place. See also the traditional singer just on the way out. The traditional women cloth shows how they dress in different colours for each day of week. Don't forget to stop by the music band at the exit,amazing music.  Entry fees 10$
  • impressive buildings. The guards are overdoing it when it comes to dress code and the feeling is just that they want to make you buy their branded t-shirts. Set asside around two hours for the visit. It is nice around closing time when it is less crowded
  • A beautiful and grand palace where the King of Cambodia still resides with his mother. When the flag outside is half mast, the king is not at home. There are plenty of tourists here and tickets are priced at 10 USD per person. This attraction is not wheelchair friendly, however as there are plenty of cobblestones.
  • A very fine royal palace reminds us of peaceful old days under royal family. Not hard to understand why Prince Sihanouk is still widely loved and remembered everywhere in Cambodia today. Ticket is 40000 local currency, not exactly 10 usd dependind on the rate of day. So make some small changes ready not to keep the queue waiting behind u.

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