Royal Palace

Royal Palace

The ornate roofs of the Royal Palace are the most striking of Phnom Penh’s skyline, constructed in the ornate Khmer style and glittering with gold gilding. Set just back from the riverfront, the palace is the official residence of Cambodia’s king. Part of the same complex is the magnificent Silver Pagoda – within you’ll find priceless Buddhas, exquisite examples of Khmer artistry and a floor covered by 5000 silver tiles, from which the pagoda gets its name. Both are set amongst delightful French-landscaped gardens.

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Five Facts About the Royal Palace

The palace is the official residence of King Sihamoni and has been the royal residence since the 1860s.

The palace’s full name in the Khmer language is ‘Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol’

The king and his family were held prisoner in the palace by the Khmer Rouge

The ceiling of the Throne Hall is painted with a mural from 1913, telling the story of Ramayana

The Silver Pagoda contains an almost life size Maitreya Buddha that is encrusted with over 9,500 diamonds

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