Visit the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Royal Palace in Cambodia is a complex of architecture, pagodas and towers in Phnom Penh capital.

1. The history of the Royal Palace

The Royal Palace, located in Phnom Penh capital, is a complex of residential buildings of the Cambodian Royal Family , built more than a century ago. In addition, it used to be a place where held  the courts, royal ceremony; and treated foreign guests. 

The palace was built in the mid 1800's under King Norodom, designed by the architect Neak Okhna Tepnimith Mak and completed under the patronage of French colonialism in 1866 where the Cambodian kings have begun living from that time.
Front lobby of Royal Palace architecture
Front Lobby of Royal Palace architecture.

From that time, many auxiliary buildings were built, but some buildings were removed to rebuild such as Chanchaya Palace. They also have arranged the throne room to be the presence of the King.

2. Architecture of Royal palace

With its traditional Cambodian design style, the palace is a complex of surrounding monuments. Together with the Silver Pagoda, this royal architectural style has been combined with many different works, with flower-garden and bonsai for long time that have been carefully tidied and trimmed. They have been decorated meticulously to create an architectural symbol of the country.
Fron campus of the main Court Hall
Front campus of the main Court Hall.

However, Napoleon Palace which has been appeared in this architectural system - a style of European architecture, is a special gift of the French government donated in 1876. It consists of many towering pyramids – also is the symbolic architecture of the country. The system of solid trench walls, separate this work from the outside. There are the sculptures, the reliefs which are very subtle on the walls.

The state-room is a unique and outstanding architecture in the architectural complex of the Royal Palace of Cambodia, with an area of 180m2, towering up to 60 m high. Interior design is very sophisticated, dome ceiling carved Ramayana epic which make visitors surprised by the detail and sophistication.
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The bronze palace is also considered being an impressive structure in the palace complex, built in 1917. This is the place where royal costumes and statues have been kept. Visitors can see the royal costumes of the emperors, queens. Besides, bowls and dresses of imperial maid are presented on the first floor of the bronze palace.

Dropping in the complex of the Cambodian Royal Palace, visitors will admire the unique and European-style building – Napoleon III Palace which was entirely made from ion, dedicated to French Queen – Eugenie who was the wife of Emperor Napoloen III, and he presented to King Norondom. Nowadays, this palace has been used for the purpose of picture exhibition and important royal events. Visitors only visit and take photos from outside.
Napoleon III in European style
Napoleon III in European style.

With the exception of the royal residence area (Khemarin Palace), other places of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are opened to welcome visitors. Located in the cool position which faces to face the river, the Cambodian Royal Palace deserves to be listed on “Amazing destinations in Cambodia” where visitors mus visit.

3. Some notes visiting the Royal Palace

  • Costume is an important aspect in Cambodian Royal Palace, so do not wear short pants that is over the knee, Tank top because of sanctuary.
  • Do not bring weapons, animals and slippers.
  • Some rooms prohibit slippers and no camera as well as making noise.
  • Admission fee: 6 USD including map and guide book.
  • Opening time: 7.30-11.30 am and 14-17 p.m on days excluding holidays or important occasions of the country.
It is a unique architecture, symbolic of the country, so visitors do not forget to visit the Royal Palace during Cambodia tourism.

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