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.
I. Royal Palace
voyeuristic with Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace in CambodiaThe Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is not just a Palace, but it is a complex composed of 9 buildings where to day, the Cambodian Royal family continues to use as his residence. The silver Pagoda is a pagoda located on the inside of the area of the Royal Palace, the most striking are floors, made of tiles of solid silver, hence its name.
The whole complex forming the Royal Palace, the silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh was built in 1860, mixture of European and Asian architecture. Without a doubt one of the greatest tourist attractions of the city of Phnom Penh and visit obliged to discover the splendor of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
1. The Throne Room
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 (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. The throne is set in the middle of the throne room used as a coronation of the king, was decorated very nicely and textures fully express artistic and cultural traditions of Khmer.
2. Pavilion Chanchhaya
This project pavilion 2 times also built under King Norodom wooden building, in 1913 this project was King Sisowath renewable and construction same original design. The pavilion is also called stage Moon, pavilion performances where royal dances, as well as the place where the big party in palace, sometimes also used as a place to King speaking to the people.
3. Pavilion Hor Samran Phirun
Pavilion Hor Samran Phirun was built in 1917, is a place to rest and relax by the kings. Currently pavilion used as which showcases the memorabilia of foreign leaders.
Pavilion Hor Samran Phirun former getaway, a relaxing of King and where he waited to ride elephants in the royal celebrations. Today, pavilion is in storage, instruments, props and performances showcasing gifts from world leaders gave King and Royal Cambodian.
4. Pavilion Phochani and Palace Gardens
Is a wide stage used for the purposes of performing art, this project was inaugurated in 1912 design and construction by the famous artisan carpentry design and construction in Diec village, Hung Ha District, Thai Binh Province, Vietnam. Today is used as a place of welcome and royal conference. Phochani Palace – where performing arts activities palace.
We can say the Royal Palace garden is a collection of beautiful and precious trees, the Imperial Palace, attracting visitors to the area by planting flowers carefully cared scene. Immediately the doors have planted a lot of trees Sala – trees of Shakyamuni Buddha. The area of planted many trees and acacia yellow scorpion on the big centennial.
5. Pavilion of Napoleon III
This Project is considered different from the Khmer-style buildings around. Pavilion house on the fact that permanent constructions in the area first Royal Palace, built entirely of iron. It is a unique project for the Eugenie queen of France, wife of Napoleon III, in 1869 was used in the inauguration of the Suez Canal. 1876, Emperor Napoleon III donated the king Norodom. The royal symbol with the letter “N” on the doors and the sides of the pavilion house in honor of Napoleon did not need to change back when the pavilion house was donated to the king Norodom (king’s name also starts with the letter N). The pavilion house was restored in 1991 with financial assistance from the French government. This power house is now used as a small museum, displaying photographs and memorabilia of the royal family. However, it is not open to visitors inside only admire the outside. Panoramic photography pavilion house is the most beautiful in the early morning.
II. The Silver Pagoda
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.
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.