Royal Palace
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Still the dwelling place of the king, this palace contains the Silver Pagoda, whose floor is made up of 5329 silver tiles, each weighing 1.125 kilograms.
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  • eoingr3y
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom73 contributions
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    Worth a visit but you may want a guide
    Interesting place to visit if you're in Phnom Penh. Unfortunately a lot of the site was under construction while we were visiting (July 2023) so some of the areas were off limits. We didn't have a guide and there isn't much signage around so you'll definitely want a guide if you're interested in the history of the site. The buildings are spectacular and the gardens are immaculately kept so all in all a nice place to visit for an hour or two and get some photos. Just be aware of the tour guides and tuktuks drivers around the building, we were approached by a few who told us we wouldn't be allowed into the palace with how we were dressed and that we couldn't buy or rent clothing there. This is a lie, you can buy trousers and a t-shirt at the palace for $3 each, the guides just want to persuade you not to go to the palace and take their tours instead.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • SabrinaL897
    3 contributions
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    Best place to visit in Phnom Peng
    One of the biggest tourist attractions in Phnom Penh, and it’s very popular! It’s a huge site with many beautiful buildings to visit and view, and the gardens are manicured. The detail inside and outside the various buildings are stunning. Remember to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting, even if you’re just visiting the gardens. And no photography allowed inside.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Sarah M
    4 contributions
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    Just ok
    The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda was beautiful however when we visited a lot of the buildings were under construction. There are some displays dotted throughout the area e.g. traditional clothing, Buddha statues, gold/silver elephants. Note there are no audio guides or signage to indicate the buildings. We had a guide which explained the history to us but this was organised by us separately.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • midway42
    Georgia3,329 contributions
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    The House of Norodom.
    Constructed between 1866 and 1870, the Royal Palace of Cambodia is a relatively recent addition to the list of royal residences around the world. It traces its genesis to King Norodom’s decision to move the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. The king actually lived in a temporary wooden palace while this was being built, and it has exclusively served as the royal residence since. The buildings inside the walls have been torn down and rebuilt over the years, and the palace now contains the Throne Hall, three main pavilions, and the Silver Pagoda. The royal residence is obviously not accessible to the public, which applies to other sections of the palace at various times. I visited during my first full day in Phnom Penh. As one of the main tourist attractions in the city, access is fairly easy, found on the eastern portion of the compound. I hired a local guide (more on this later) and was promptly and quickly brought around to a series of buildings including the magnificent Throne Hall and Silver Pagoda. An obligatory model of Angkor Wat was found behind the latter, and various exhibitions on the southern side of the complex covered a wide variety of topics from elephants to colonial history. After maybe 30 minutes with my guide I toured the grounds on my own for maybe an extra hour. Although far more influential than powerful, Cambodia’s royal family is a part of the country’s identity and by that fact alone made a visit here worthwhile. The time with my guide was relatively brief but he did give valuable commentary during the visit, so at $10 I would do it again. If anything, my trip here was a welcome respite from the “Khmer Empire/Khmer Rouge” dynamic that enveloped most of my two weeks here. It was worth the trip and put the royal family in context. A recommended stop for those who have more than a day in the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Aethelred
    Cambridge, Massachusetts1,336 contributions
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    A Royal Palace!
    Very nice, very important place. After years if not decades of renovation, you can see the ridiculous French iron house again, a gift from the Empress Eugenie that was supposed to showcase French superiority and manages to underline the opposite. I think it is a great monument to modern Khmer artistic accomplishments (we do know about Angkor) and well worth the visit. Be sure to check out the Ramakien frescoes which are better than the ones in the Bangkok Grand Palace in every respect - I mention this because of the often unfavorable comparison.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Worlds_of_Wonder
    304 contributions
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    Disappointed but perhaps better later
    The buildings are truly spectacular and the proximity to the Mekong and other sites gives this site appeal. However there is a lot restoration still going on which takes away from the beauty of some structures. The signage around the grounds and in buildings is nonexistent or poor (mostly) the former which takes away from the enjoyment. Price seems high for something that can be done in 40-60 minutes
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 21, 2023
  • RobDavis12
    Cardiff, United Kingdom222 contributions
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    A must visit in Phnom Penh
    The Royal Palace at Phnom Penh is definitely worth visiting, with the impressive, extravagant Throne Hall used for coronations and ceremonies and the Silver Pagoda with its silver floor and large collection of Buddhas made of precious metals and gemstones, and housing the magnificent Emerald Buddha being the main attractions. The walls around the Silver Pagoda are adorned with a fabulous mural depicting the Indian epic Ramayana. In the grounds are also various stupa, the Chan Chaya Pavilion and a building described as a dressing room, holding a collection of Royal household costumes and associated objects. As this is the official residence of the king, many parts of the palace are not open to the public. Photography is permitted in the grounds of the palace but not inside the Throne Hall or Silver Pagoda. Suitable clothing that cover knees and shoulders should be worn. An enjoyable hour or so.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Skram66
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom365 contributions
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    Phenomenal Phnom Penh Royal Palace
    What better way to spend Cambodia's 70th Independence Day, than by visiting The Royal Palace. Well equipped for tourists, no rush can take your time. No hidden costs & complimentary water on exit. Beautiful site/history/architecture/gardens. Should you forget to wear appropriate clothing, shoulders & knees covered, trousers & t.shirts can be purchased for a nominal charge. Refreshments can also be purchased within the grounds.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • ReenaCM
    Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
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    Architectural feast
    This is a great way to see Cambodian architecture in one place. The gardens are very well maintained, and it is also a good location to get in those special touristy photographs. Check the timings with the locals before you go to the palace. There are a lot of days that it is not open and they only allow entry between 8.30am to 10.30am and then from 2.30pm to 4pm. The timing is also likely to change daily. Still worth the effort as the architecture is superb and there are a lot of beautiful buildings in close proximity.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 21, 2023
  • Ana-Maria B
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,348 contributions
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    Quite fascinating
    Do get the guide for extra 10$ or else little will make sense. The guide was very good and gave us a lot of info about the building, the king, the cultural life of Cambodia, as well as the buildings and exhibits we were looking at. It is all quite fascinating, especially the Silver Pagoda. Found some nice souvenirs at the exit store. And cats, a whole lot of cats. Photos allowed in most places, but not in the Silver Pagoda. Wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 9, 2023
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OksanaKyiv
Kyiv, Ukraine81 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
The place closes at 17:00. Make sure you allow yourself at least 1h20-30m for an excursion. The ticket costs $10, you can also take a guide at the entrance ($10 per excursion, from all people). The place is nice and not too crowded. I would suggest going closer to 4pm, as it is not as hot as during the day.
Written January 15, 2020
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,272 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
We went in February and thought the gardens and buildings available to see were really beautiful, but there seemed to be quite a few buildings under maintenance. There is an exhibit at the end showing royal artifacts, but they are quite dusty. It is worth the price to see Cambodian architecture at its finest and we wish more of it was open.

Be aware that the palace has odd hours and is open at 8 am to 10:30 am and 2 pm to 5 pm most days. Be careful of Tuk Tuk drivers nearby as they will tell you the museum is closed when it is actually open and are eager to earn a quick buck by taking you elsewhere.
Written February 21, 2020
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Phillip S
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Aug 2019
Beautiful architecture of the colonial era. Inside the unique cast iron pavilion were actual clothes and items that belonged to the former kings. The gardens around the buildings add to the overall beauty. Royal regalia is on display. Dress code is in effect and there is a fee for use of cameras and they can be used only for exterior pictures.
Written February 2, 2020
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SPK
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Mar 2020 • Solo
In 2017, admission fee was 25,000 Riel.

Today it’s 40,000 or $10.

$10 is what you pay for a cheap guest house in Phnom Penh.

How can they justify charging the same as one night stay in a guesthouse.

It’s like Cambodians visiting London, finding a cheap hotel eg £60, going to visit a historic sight and being charged £60 to get in.

I was there for 25 mins. Some of the walkways are closed off.

If on a budget , avoid, it’s simply not worth visiting for an entry fee of $10.
Written March 15, 2020
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R K L
Seattle, WA3,722 contributions
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Jan 2020
As Royal Palaces go, Cambodia's was actually quite interesting. Unfortunately, access to most of the buildings was restricted. It is smaller in size compared to other royal complexes such as Thailand's, so walking around was actually easier. Upon paying the entrance fee, there were English-speaking tour guides available for a set price. This was pleasant and thus eliminated any haggling or feelings of price creep for Westerners. As expected, the grounds were immaculate and buildings well maintained. The Silver Pagoda was interesting but did not quite live up to all the hype. It was naturally the most crowded attraction of the Royal Palace complex. We were actually quite impressed by the beautiful murals adorning the interior walls of the pagoda complex. The Royal Palace of Cambodia compound was definitely one of the limited highlights of Phnom Penh.
Written May 10, 2020
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Caitlin S
Boynton Beach, FL81 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Solo
The Royal Palace complex doesn't have much to see. The throne room is only accessible from a door on the outside and is crowded with people. Other buildings are closed or under renovation. The royal jewels collection is very nice with lots of gem adorned buddhas but is nothing compared to viewing the Royal Jewels of other nations. The highlight for me was the giant long history mural wall - definitely take the time to walk along and see the history of the Khmer people through art. Also, on the way out, do not miss going into the small exhibits on the sides as there are many beautiful cultural artifacts and collections contained in the rooms. It seemed like no one else was aware of the exhibits. I was provided a free bottled water on the way out, which was nice. Overall, the Palace ticket is overpriced and the whole thing can be seen in under an hour. Definitely not a must see.
Written January 17, 2020
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Lindsay Anderson
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Jan 2020 • Friends
Upon entering where the ticket booth is, a man greeted us and asked us if we wanted to pay $10 for an English speaking tour guide. It was worth EVERY penny. He provided us with very meaningful information about Cambodia’s history and certain aspects of the country that we would not have learned about without him. The grounds are very large so it was extremely helpful to have a tour guide to navigate us around.
Written January 28, 2020
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Gerbra_10
Uxbridge, UK2,150 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
There is a $10 per head entry fee, plus you will be touted by locals wishing to offer to be a guide. You get a map and for us this was enough. The Palace is well maintained with pretty gardens. There is heavy restoration work going on across the Palace, and considering it is not hundreds of years old I am surprised, meaning some of it is off limited. Do you homework better than me as we missed the Silver Pagoda, which is a must see in the guide books.
Written February 27, 2020
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Ellie T
Brighton, England, United Kingdom70 contributions
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Feb 2020
It's stunning architecture, but there are no signs or details inside to tell you about the buildings, and most you cannot actually go in. I was a little disappointed from paying $10 to get in that nothing else was offered. You can take a tour guide for an extra $10.
Written February 26, 2020
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,274 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
We throughly enjoyed our visit to the Royal Palace compound.

It's Thai influences are immediate and it's craftsmanship obvious to all.

We visited the first day after Chinese travel restrictions imposed due to coronovirus and the difference was enormous. Far few crowds and vastly improved experience.
Written February 6, 2020
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