Tour in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh

April 2013 

When planning a trip to Cambodia, although limited only to the temples of Angkor, it is good to include in the program a day in the capital Phnom Penh to visit at least the complex of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and the Pagoda of Wat Phnom.

Royal PalacePhnom Penh Royal Palace  Cambodia
The tour to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, begins from the Royal Palace built in 1860 by King Norodom I as the residence of his family. The "Royal Palace" is actually a series of buildings surrounded by gardens and spacious courtyards, each having different functions (especially religious and ceremonial). In these photos, the Palace of the Throne where important ceremonies, such as coronations and royal weddings,are held

Some details on the front and on the doors of the Palace of the Throne. Access to the interior is not allowed, but you can see the interior through the windows, without taking photos

The Palace of the Throne in Cambodia. On the roof of the tower stands 59 meters high at the top of which the Buddha faces ,looking towards the four cardinal point, are pictured

Palace of the Throne Palace of the Throne  in Cambodia

The courtyard around the Palace of the Throne is surrounded by hedges and flower beds with tropical vegetation.

The various pavilions are located around the Palace of the Throne in Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
water lily
In the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh there are large gardens where there are also small pools with water lilies.
The Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh is located in the Royal Palace and it is so called because the floor is tiled with 5000 silver tiles. Inside the temple there is a large collection of statues in gold, including a golden statue of Buddha in actual size decorated with almost 10,000 diamonds. The value of the findings of this temple is invaluable and inside any type of video or photo is prohibited.
SilverPagoda in  Phnom Penh Phnom Penh

The courtyard surrounding the Silver Pagoda and also home to some large stupa, the typical funerary monuments (picture on the right).
National Museum  Phnom Penh National Museum  Cambodgia

The trip to Phnom Penh continues with the visit of the National Museum of Cambodia, where inside many original artifacts from the temples of Angkor are contained; they are kept here to prevent theft or damage by the weather or rude tourists. No photos allowed inside the museum .


Wat Phom Wat Phom Pagoda
Photo of Phnom Penh. The Phnom Penh tour ends with a visit to Wat Phnom situated on top of a hill that can be reached by a long flight of steps.
Buddhist Temple
The pagoda of Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh in Cambodia, is a Buddhist temple built in the XIV century AD and regularly attended by the believers.
Wat Phom in Phnom Penh Wat Phom tBuddhist Temple in Cambodia
Due to its age, the pagoda of Wat Phnom has obviously undergone several restoration processes. The interior has many statues and a large area where the believers can pray.
Temple Wat Phom Bronze Statue of Buddha
Gold plated Statue of Buddha

At the centre of the altar there is a large gold-plated bronze statue of Buddha.
Statuae of Phnom Penh
According to a legend Phnom Penh was founded by a lady named Daun Penh, represented by this statue placed in the temple of Wat Phnom.

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English translation by Lorena Anzani.