Royal Palace

The Kingdom of Cambodia operates as a constitutional monarchy, with the prime minister as head of government and the king as head of state. The royal family lives in the royal palace in downtown Phnom Penh. The palace grounds include the Throne Hall, Moonlight Pavilion, Silver Pagoda, Khemarin Palace, Gardens, and private royal family living space. The Throne Hall is the main, iconic building that contains the royal thrones and serves as a venue for very special occasions. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photographs inside any of the buildings at the palace.

Throne Hall

The Moonlight Pavilion is an open space in which traditional Khmer dances are held and acts as another venue for celebration.

The pavilion contained this beautiful golden wall piece

The Silver Pagoda is the main temple on the grounds and houses many artifacts and precious statues. The two main attractions inside the Pagoda are the Emerald Buddha and the Maitreya Buddha, the latter of which is made of gold and encrusted with 9,584 diamonds! The Silver Pagoda’s name stems from the floor that is made of thousands of silver tiles. These tiles are now covered by carpets, but you can get a glimpse of them at the perimeter of the room.

Gates to the Silver Pagoda

Surrounding the palace are high walls that, on the inner side, are painted with beautiful murals of Khmer myths. Unfortunately some of them are cracked and crumbling, but what still remains is remarkable.

There are a number of gardens throughout the palace (many unfortunately which are on the “private” side of the grounds) with small buildings and statues of the Buddha.

I thought the below photographs were great for showing traditional clothes and costumes:

One color for every day of the week!


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