Royal Palace

Royal Palace is known as one of must-see places when you visit Phnom Penh. This is an extremely prominent and sacred destination located in the heart of capital.

In 1866, after King Norodom moved the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh, Royal Palace was built as a symbol of the Kingdom. Originally, the buldings is dedicated to the King, his family, foreign dignitaries and is also a place for the performance of court ceremony and ritual. Nowadays, some of constructions are destroyed and some are restored and built, most of the Palace grounds are opened for visitors.

Royal Palace

Located on the West bank of the junction of 4 branches of Mekong River, Royal Place is said to be a traditional Cambodian architecture with a slight French touch. We can see the evident features of this architecture such as the layout of the defensive wall, mural paitings or throne hall.

With an area of over 170,000 sq metres, the complex of Royal place includes many attractive surrounding monuments. The first one is Throne Hall which was a place the King, royal officials and generals carried out their duties before. Today, it is still used as a place to welcome foreign guests, place royal court, royal rites,… or religious and royal ceremonies. It faces the east and is the most brilliant place every morning at the palace complex. Here you can see the throne which is used in coronation ceremonies for kings on the coronation day neatly placed in the middle of the room. The sophisticated and sophisticated decoration here surely makes you admire and enjoy.

Royal Palace exploring

The second attracttion is Moonlight Pavilion, a special place which the King Norodom built for Khmer classical dance perfomance. Today, Moonlight Pavilion is used primarily as a venue for royal receptions and conferences. Because of easily seeing from outside, this is one one of the most prominent buildings of the complex.

Another famous structure is Silver Pogoda, known as Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The temple is located on the Southside of the palace complex and faces the banks of Mekong river. There is a prominent point in the construction of this temple as its name. Over 5000 silver tiles were used to inlaid on the floor. In addition to its worship function, the temple is a place to preserve the beauty of Cambodia’s religion and culture.

Visiting Royal Palace

Some other attractions in the area we can visit such as Khemarin Palace, Villa Kantha Bopha, Villa Chumpou, Villa Sahametrei, Hor Samran Phirun, Chanchhaya Theater, Hor Samrith Phimean, Phochani Pavilion, King Jayavarman VII Pavilion, Vihear Suor, …

Royal Palace is a significant place in Phnom Penh in particular and Cambodia in general. Because of its central location, you can reach visit easily and it’s also often included in Phnom Penh city tours. If you need any further information about Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, you can contact Travel Authentic Asia anytime.

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