Silver Pagoda

Attraction Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
07:30 AM - 05:00 PM
08:00 AM
09:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Must see
Kids
Temple & Monument
6.50 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Silver Pagoda (or the temple of the Emerald Buddha), formerly a wooden building, was rebuilt in 1962 in concrete and marble.

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Why Silver Pagoda is special ?


The Silver Pagoda or Wat Preah Kep Morokot (The Pagoda of the emerald Buddha) is located within the same compound with Royal Palace. It was built in 1902 and renovated at 1962, with traditional Khmer architecture. It is used for royal ceremonies. The galleries surrounding the pagoda are painted with Khmer and Hindu epic stories. Silver Pagoda is not majestic or special in architectural artwork. It is famous just because of the silver tiles on it's floor.



Constructed in 1962 by former King Sihanouk to replace the wooden pagoda built by his grandfather in 1902, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its 5329 silver floor tiles, each around 20cm square and weighing more than 1kg. It’s also known as Wat Preah Keo Morokot, the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, after the green Baccarat crystal Buddha within. The pagoda itself is clearly influenced by Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaeo, also home to a precious crystal Buddha to which the one in Phnom Penh bears an uncanny resemblance. Although more than half its contents were stolen during the Khmer Rouge years, the pagoda itself survived pretty much unscathed, and was used to demonstrate to the few international visitors that the regime was caring for Cambodia’s cultural history. A rich collection of artefacts and Buddha images remains, making the pagoda more a museum than place of worship.

What to explore at Silver Pagoda?

Within the Royal Palace compound is the extravagant Silver Pagoda, the floor of which is covered with five tons of gleaming silver. You can sneak a peek at some of the 5000 tiles near the entrance - most are covered to protect them. Rivalling the floor, an extraordinary Baccarat-crystal Buddha sits atop an impressive gilded pedestal. Adding to the lavish mix is a life-sized solid-gold Buddha, which weighs 90kg and is adorned with 2086 diamonds, the largest weighing in at 25 carats.

The staircase leading to the Silver Pagoda is made of Italian marble. Inside, the Emerald Buddha, said to be made of Baccarat crystal, sits on a gilt pedestal high atop the dais. In front of the dais stands a life-sized gold Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats. Created in the palace workshops during 1906 and 1907, the gold Buddha weighs in at 90kg. Directly in front of it, in a Formica case, is a miniature silver-and-gold stupa containing a relic of Buddha brought from Sri Lanka. To the left is an 80kg bronze Buddha, and to the right a silver Buddha. On the far right, figurines of solid gold tell the story of the Buddha.

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Selling points

  • “Great and Unique in Cambodia”
  • "Amazing place with solid silver floor tiles”
  • "Refreshing and Calming”
  • "Rich culture”
  • "Completely silver"
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Estimated
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Total travel distance
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Tips for you

  • Don't forget some water as it is hot
    What to bring
  • Photography is allowed in the outside exhibition areas only.
    Photography
  • In order to enter, you must wear long pants or skirt and sleeved shirts.
    What to wear
  • Please remember that exposed knees and shoulders are considered disrespectful.
    Experience
  • It can get very crowded inside
    Experience
  • You will need to leave your shoes outside.
    Experience
  • It was hot inside the building, but they did have fans all over the place
    Experience
  • A rich collection of artefacts and Buddha images remains, making the pagoda more a museum than place of worship.
    Environment
  • Not too crowded around lunch time
    Timming
  • Open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Timming
  • Try to get in early, before the hoards
    Timming
  • The Silver Pagoda is just south of the Royal palace and entrance is included with the same ticket.
    Ticket and Pricing

Reviews

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Entrance fee is 6.5 USD (adult) not as many tourist guides say 3 USD + extra fee for camera and video. Children up to 6 go in for free.

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Обалденные золотые статуи Будды,украшенные кучей бриллиантов.Фотографировать нельзя

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Must have shoulders covered as well as shorts down to knees at least in order to go in. If you don't have, can buy pants/t-shirts there for $3/$2, but it's a bit of a racket.

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You can't make pics inside. The famous silver floor are almost completely cover with carpets...

TripAdvisor View more

This is quite an amazing place - so much wealth, precious metals & precious stones contained here. The floor, although mostly covered by carpet is made from hundreds of specially commissioned solid silver floor tiles with the French Fleur de Lys pattern intricately carved on each one ......there's a solid gold chair in a cabinet which has 23Kgs of solid gold in its make up; the diamond encrusted Budda gleams from on high.......yes, an amazing place whose wealth if concerted into hard cash could probably make a serious impression on paying off the national debt......a must visit.....

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The formidable silver floor is still there, but mostly hidden under a carpet. However, there is no lack of other attractions in this rich and impressive collection of cultural and religious artifacts. This includes a Buddha statue that is said to be decorated with 2086 diamonds (I lost count but it is plausible).Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed inside. But the bottom line is that it is well worth a visit, even more so than the adjacent Royal Palace.

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Very good place to visit in the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh city, Kingdom of Cambodia. If you go to Phnom Penh don't miss it.

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This is quite an amazing place - so much wealth, precious metals & precious stones contained here. The floor, although mostly covered by carpet is made from hundreds of specially commissioned solid silver floor tiles with the French Fleur de Lys pattern intricately carved on each one ......there's a solid gold chair in a cabinet which has 23Kgs of solid gold in its make up; the diamond encrusted Budda gleams from on high.......yes, an amazing place whose wealth if concerted into hard cash could probably make a serious impression on paying off the national debt......a must visit.....

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Entrance fee is 6.5 USD (adult) not as many tourist guides say 3 USD + extra fee for camera and video. Children up to 6 go in for free.

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