Friday, April 13, 2018

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace dominates the Phnom Penh skyline and has served as the residence of the King of Cambodia since the 1860s, except for the period during the reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.

Buildings of the Royal Palace

The palace is a great example of Khmer architecture, with a slight French touch, and consists of four main compounds, three public and one inner court with the living areas of the royal family.  The palace occupies about 175,000 square meters (42 acres or 17.5 hectares) in the center of Phnom Penh.

My entry ticket to the palace grounds is dedicated with the statement, "On the Auspicious Occasion of the 64th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.  May His Majesty be blessed with the four sublime blessings of Lord Buddha:  Longevity, Good Health, Great Happiness and Wisdom."  We all can't wish for much more than that!

Inside several of the buildings are displays of clothing worn by past kings and their families and members of the court living in the palace.

Royal Clothing

On the palace grounds, are great statues and monuments.

 On the grounds

Painted on the walls surrounding the courtyards of the palace are murals, some new and some very old, depicting important historical events for Cambodia.

 Murals on the walls surrounding the courtyards

Inside the temples are statues of Buddha and other collections from the palaces.

 Statues on display

 Near the end of the walk through the place, passing out of the final courtyard, is a band playing for our entertainment.


A final series of buildings displays thrones and sedan chairs used by the royal family and displays of silver and gold elephants given as presents to the kings.

  Thrones and sedan chairs

 Cabinets of silver and gold elephants

A final display describes important historical events of the kingdom.

 Cambodian history

The palace and grounds are incredible, but also the displays and history offer a lot to help understand and appreciate this country and its people.

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