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Royal Palace
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8:00-11:00, 14:00-17:00, admission stopped 1 hour before closing
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh
Phone: +855-12-721915

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The establishment of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh in 1866 is a comparatively recent event in the history of the Khmer and Cambodia. The seat of Khmer power in the region rested in or near Angkor north of the Great Tonle Sap Lake from 802 AD until the early 15th century. After the Khmer court moved from Angkor in the 15th century after destroyed by Siam, it first settled in Phnom Penh which back then named as Krong Chatomok Serei Mongkol (Khmer: ក្រុងចតុមុខសិរីមង្គល) in 1434 (or 1446) and stayed for some decades, but by 1494 had moved on to Basan, and later Longvek and then Oudong. The capital did not return to Phnom Penh until the 19th century and there is no record or remnants of any Royal Palace in Phnom Penh prior to the 19th century. In 1813, King Ang Chan (1796–1834) constructed Banteay Kev (the 'Crystal Citadel') on the site of the current Royal Palace and stayed there very briefly before moving to Oudong. Banteay Kev was burned in 1834 when the retreating Siamese army razed Phnom Penh. It was not until after the implementation of the French Protectorate in Cambodia in 1863 that the capital was moved from Oudong to Phnom Penh, and the current Royal Palace was founded and constructed.

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  • Kevl21
    Hong Kong

    Royal palace

    Mandatory stop is you come to Phnom Penh the Royal palace is really beautiful with that golden color.

    Reviewed on /Date(1603192292000+0800)/
  • jerevieb

    Royal Palace experience

    The place is so pretty. The architectural design I really like it. Also it is located in front of the riverside.

    Reviewed on /Date(1597783022000+0800)/
  • Frances L
    Frances L

    Very ornate

    The complex was a little larger than I thought. It is very ornate and I believe originally built by the French. Now the home of the Cambodian Royal family. It is possible to view the throne room

    Reviewed on /Date(1595651502000+0800)/
  • bhodgkinson

    Great Architecture

    Not much to see in terms of the inside of the buildings but worth a visit for the architecture. I would visit if you have time in Phnom Penh.

    Reviewed on /Date(1592644756000+0800)/
  • Becca0493
    Skelmersdale, United Kingdom

    Must visit

    Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area however would say it is expensive to enter for what it is. The palace and surrounding royal buildings are beautiful and built so perfectly reflecting th...

    Reviewed on /Date(1592529915000+0800)/

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The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, also known as Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk, is named after the intersection of the Mekong River, the Tonle Sap River and the Bassac River. This is the palace of the King of Cambodia. It is composed of a group of golden roofs and yellow walls. It consists of many large and small palaces such as Chaya Hall, Golden Temple and Silver Temple. It is exquisitely shaped and magnificent, full of traditional Khmer architecture and religious tone. On the cloister of the building is a magnificent relief mural depicting Angkor Wat, depicting the achievements and religious stories of the dynasties. Local residents and monks alike enjoy keeping cool on the spacious lawn in front of the palace, it's extremely lively.
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