Attraction Sothearos, between Street 240 & 184, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Royal Palace is special ?
The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh was constructed over a century ago to serve as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries, as a venue for the performance of court ceremony and ritual and as a symbol of the Kingdom. It serves to this day as the Cambodian home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk. The Royal Palace complex and attached 'Silver Pagoda' compound consist of several buildings, structures and gardens all located within 500x800 meter walled grounds overlooking a riverfront park. Marking the approach to the Palace, the high sculpted wall and golden spired Chanchhaya Pavilion stand distinctively against the riverfront skyline. Inside the Palace grounds, street sounds are silenced by the high walls and the various Royal buildings sit like ornate islands rising from the tranquil, manicured tropical gardens
What to explore at Royal Palace?
The Royal Palace contains some spectacular buildings. Not least of which is the Throne Hall, situated to the left of the main entrance. It boasts a 59-meter tower. The tower roof is beautiful, having been decoratively tiered with golden coloured tiles. This building is used for high official celebrations, coronations and audiences with foreign dignitaries and government officials.
The Roy al Treasury and the Napoleon II villa lie south to the Royal Throne Hall. North to this stands the Silver pagoda enclosure, otherwise known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha. The Pagoda’s steps are crafted from Italian marble, and within the throne room the regal floor consists of more than 500 solid silver blocks. If calculated together, they weigh nearly six tones. Displayed a round the room, surrounding the main area, stand plush presents from foreign dignitaries.
The magnificent 17th century emerald Buddha statue is made of Baccarat cuystal and solid gold. It weighs 90 kilograms and is adorned with 9,584 diamonds. Bronze statues stand to it?s left and right sides. Next to these, encased under a glass cover, reside a golden locus. Within this area other ancient treasures include a large Buddha?s footprint, representing the 108 past lives of the Buddha before he was re-incarnated as Prince Siddharta, who subsequently gained enlightenment. On the wall, surrounding the Pagoda compound are hundreds of meters of frescos depicting an episode of the Indian epic Ramayana. These are the biggest mural frescos in South East Asia.
The Royal Palace sits between streets 184 and 240. The main entrance is situated on Samdech Sothearos Boulevard via the Pavilion of Dancers. Opposite the entrance sits another almost equally stunning Royal spectacle. The Royal Residence, along with their Royal Highnesses, houses the sacred white elephant, the most auspicious and reverd symbol of royal beneficence within Cambodia.
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Sothearos, between Street 240 & 184, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Very unique and so wonderful!
Over-rated? The entrance price is $6.25 or 25000 riels.
Lots of history, a must see!
Built in 1866, with its grand Silver Pagoda and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Royal Palace is one of Phnom Penh's most splendid architectural achievements.
This royal palace complex of Khmer style was built in when the capital was transferred to Phom Penh. The yellow, golden color of the buildings, Buddha statue collections, open spaces, unique roofs and the edges of the buildings are peculiar to this architecture.
You can't miss it when visit Phnom Penh. it's worth to see. The architecture is so wonderful.But we saw the surprise image outside the gate. many many people who wear the government were pissing on the wall opposite to the Royal Gate (just across the road from the Gate, not inside the Royal palace). not one but many people did (It seem that they wear security uniform), other guests also saw that bad image. I don't understand why they can do it. It's really really bad image and they should a shame to to the bad thing behind the beautiful & obeisant area.
Decided to take a look around on Friday 02/08/13 while out & about with my taxi driver, I'm sure I only paid USD 6.75 for the entrance fee, the grounds are well maintained & the atmosphere was quite busy with many tourists, most happy to take your pics & exchange the favour. Some tour guides available if required and decided to go at my own pace. I'm listening in at times close up to some guides, many groups of tourists from many other asian countries. I spent around one hour looking around & not able to stay longer due to my planed day touring around PP. Overall a enjoyable short visit and I'm glad I visited.
You can't miss it when visit Phnom Penh. it's worth to see. The architecture is so wonderful. But we saw the surprise image outside the gate. many many people who wear the government were pissing on the wall opposite to the Royal Gate (just across the road from the Gate, not inside the Royal palace). not one but many people did (It seem that they wear security uniform), other guests also saw that bad image. I don't understand why they can do it. It's really really bad image and they should a shame to to the bad thing behind the beautiful & obeisant area.
Great photo opportunities bring a camera and relax in the grounds. Beggars outside are annoying and don't give them money donate it to an organization that gets them fed and off the streets.