Monday, December 17, 2007

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Day Events – Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

The Royal Palace is a complex containing buildings which are the royal residence of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Its full name in the Khmer language is "Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk." The Kings of Cambodia have occupied it since it was built in 1866, with a period of absence when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.

The amazing Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is located at Sothearos between Streets 240 & 184. Cost for entrance is $3.00/person, $2.00/camera, $5.00/video camera. Be sure to wear a shirt that covers your shoulders, and no short skirts or shorts. If you do forget, they offer clothes you can either purchase or rent for the day. The Royal Palace is open everyday, 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Buddha statutes in the Royal Palace

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.

Small scale model of Angkor Wat

The Royal Palace also holds the world-renowned Silver Pagoda. To enter the Silver Pagoda you must first remove your shoes. Additionally, there are no photos in the Pagoda. It is named for the 5,000 silver tiles which are used to pave the temple's floor. Most of the floor is covered in a large rug to preserve its life. However, when you walk over the tiles, you can feel the move and squeak a bit. This really made me realize the magnitude not only of the structure’s composition but of the age as well. It was an amazing experience. The Silver Pagoda holds a life-size Buddha image of solid gold is a popular tourist attraction.

Silver Pagoda


backpakker said...

amazing place..the buddha statue look so serene..i liked all the more please

VeggedOut said...

I'm a little jealous.. I really want to go to Cambodia, especially Siam Reap.. Think next trip is going to be Chiang Mai > Hanoi - maybe next time!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Hey, thanks for the Christmas wish. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas too!

Ted Byrne said...

One hopes the Khmer Rouge is firmly gone? Love your descriptions. Love the silver floor and its creaking. Love how clean everything is. Your stuff sparkles.

Thanks for sharing, Merry and Happy...


platoon of four plus mongrel cat said...

hope you and max think of us when you leave the country next....looves sadie dke sandy,speeding, and jasper bell

backpakker said...

Wish you a very happy new year ...and hope you discover more places this year

Adrianne Molin said...

I wish you a happy yuletide season with your family! I like the descriptions that you used on your post.

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