Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is a must for any tourist in the city. The entire complex is walled and although open to the public, the Cambodian royal family lives in the Palace and therefore, certain areas are closed. This huge complex mainly striking pointy roofs in golden color, reminiscent to some extent to Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Opening the Royal Palace and ticket price
the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is open to the public every day of the week on schedule from 7:30 to 11:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 (except for official acts, where the Palace will remain closed to the public).
The entrance fee is $3 to which must be added an extra $2 to pay for taking photo.
Information on the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Complex forming the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh are a total of 9 buildings covering an area of more than 6 hectares. The palaces and most outstanding buildings are the throne room, the Pavilion of Napoleon III, Pavilion Phochani, Pavilion Chanchhaya and of course The silver Pagoda. Although the buildings are of great beauty and incalculable architectural value, what is most striking are the gardens, especially those that surround to the silver Pagoda, where among other things, we can see a model of the temples of Angkor.
Tourist map of Phnom Penh 's Royal Palace
Navigate within the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is simple, the entire area is divided into 3 sections: the main area where is located the Hall of the throne, the enclosure of the silver Pagoda and the residential area where the family lives Real Cambodian (private restricted area closed to the public).
This is the tourist map of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is located at the entrance to the enclosure:
The Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
The throne room (formally Preah Timeang Tevea Vinicchay) is the most striking building with a height of 59 metres. This building is still in use today, official acts, diplomatic meetings and religious events (eg Royal Weddings).
The building that stands today is not the original building which was built in the 19th century, said building, built entirely of wood, was demolished in the year 1915 and the current building took his place in the year 1917.
Inside the throne room we can see sculptures and busts of Kings of Cambodia, 3 Thrones (2 traditional Thrones and 1 more modern and western throne), a sculpture made entirely in gold.
Palace Gardens, Pavilion of Napoleon III Pavilion and Pavilion Chanchhaya Phochani
Located in the open pavilion garden we Phochani, 1912, used as ballroom, although little or no interest find inside, is one of the most photographed prints the southern part of the gardens of the Royal Palace.
Pavilion Pavilion Chanchhaya or moonlight
Chanchhaya (Preah Thineang Chan Chhaya) Pavilion as well as the throne room, was originally built in wood and subsequently demolished and rebuilt in the year 1914. Chanchhaya Pavilion also is nicknamed the Moon Pavilion. The Chanchhaya Pavilion or Pavilion of Moonlight is easily recognizable by the huge image of the King of Cambodia, which is exposed on the outside of the building.
Chanchhaya Pavilion is visible from the outside of the walls surrounding the royal palace in Phnom Penh and therefore, is the place chosen by the King of Cambodia to give speeches to his people or to witness the parades through the streets of the capital Cambodian Phnom Penh.
Information on the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh
Inside the complex of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, although separated by a wall, the Silver Pagoda is located. the formal name of the silver Pagoda is Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot, also known as Wat Preah Keo translation means the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, but nothing has to do with the famous Temple of the city of Bangkok in Thailand. The nickname of silver pagoda comes on the floor of the pagoda, which are tiles of this precious material, silver.
The complex of the Silver Pagoda in the Royal Palace, is made up of several buildings (including a library), statues (the larger the statue of the king on horseback), stupas and beautifully landscaped gardens. In this part of the palace the King of Cambodia usually chat with the monks.
For those coming from Vietnam viajeron that are passing through the city of Phnom Penh before continuing their trip to Cambodia, will find in the gardens of the Silver Pagoda a pleasant surprise: a large-scale model the Temples of Angkor, Where you can see the famous Angkor Wat temple.
How to reach Phnom Penh 's Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
The Royal Palace is located to the East of the city of Phnom Penh, along the river. Approximately a 5-minute walk from Phnom Penh's central market, the station's busiest Intercity buses in the city and 7 minutes from the train station. Although there are rumors of buses for the city of Phnom Penh, today it is a project and there is no bus service, for those travelers who don't want to walk they will have to take a tuk-tuk or a taxi to get to the Royal Palace.