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“The highlight of the Palace”
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Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour including the Silver Pagoda
Ranked #5 of 120 things to do in Phnom Penh
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“The highlight of the Palace”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Probably the nicest Pagoda in PP. Most of the silver floor is covered, but there's some stunning displays of gold, silver, etc gifts that have been given to the royal family in here.

Visited December 2013
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“Siver floor covered with carpets”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Placed inside the Royal Palace, ok to have been there, but not more. You will have to take off your shoes in almost all temples, same here.

Visited January 2014
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“Main attraction of Phnom Penh ”
Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

This is the main attraction of Phnom Penh. It is worth the visit. Too bad you can't take pictures. The gold Buddha with diamonds is beautiful.

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“Take a guide”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

It's actually the floor that's silver inside.Huge golden Buddha also. We'd actually seen too many pagodas last year!

Visited December 2013
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“If I were the king I wouldn't let strangers walk around barefoot on my silver tiles either”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

The king is so wealthy his grandfather commissioned the creation of the beautiful emerald Buddha statue carved out of a single piece of precious stone. This is in response to the Thai's stealing their original 500 year old emerald Buddha statue a few hundred years ago currently at the Bangkok royal palace.

Wat Preah Keo Morakot is the Cambodian king's own personal temple. Even tho it is called a religious temple no monks reside here making it pretty much a room full of expensive statues. Known officially as the Emerald Buddha Pagoda, its floor is apparently covered by more than 5000 silver tiles where only a handful can be seen, the king probably doesnt want people walking all over his expensive floor with their dirty poor feet, fair enuff I would probably feel the same.

The temple chamber has nice exotic chandeliers hanging from the high ceiling & has a quiet atmosphere inside, a blessing from the blasting Phnom Penh heat. All that Buddha gold is intoxicating & lovely to look at. Rather than rushing off to buy cheap trinkets at the market it is worth finding a cool spot in the chamber to sit & stare at someone else's incredible wealth. Watch as security guards shout & point at tourists who constantly attempt to take sneaky photos inside the chamber, amazing how many people don't know how to turn off the shutter noise on their phone cameras.

Also on display is a 200 pound solid gold Buddha statue inlaid with over 2000 diamonds, the biggest reportedly being a massive 25 carat monster. The 200 pounds of gold came from the royal casket of King Norodom who gave instructions for it to be melted down only after he had his fancy funneral.

Like most things during the Khmer Rouge genocide in the 1970's the Silver Pagoda didn't escape unscathed, it was looted by Khmer Rouge guerrillas but it is commonly blamed on the Vietnamese. Fortunately loyal monks had dismantled the silver tiles & hid most of the precious statues in the jungle to save them from destruction, even as the Khmer Rouge tortured them & executed their patriarch. Their sacrifices have given us today the opportunity to admire all this pretty stuff & worship the idols as the lord Buddha wanted. The king also benefits by showing people his jewels & charging people money for it.

Visited December 2013
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