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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

3.8
#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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  • One of the best things to do in Phnom Penh. The Palace grounds are only open 9-11 and 2-4 unless there is a special event that closes them. Museum is open most of the day. There are many things to....  more »
  • During our visit to Phnom Penh we visited the very grand Royal Palace and was a pleasant few hours. Almost all the things to see were very well kept and and beautifully maintained. Not the most...  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.
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