The Silver Pagoda forms part of the Royal Palace complex so your ticket includes entry. Being a temple also you will need to remove your footware and hats before entry (someone is there to check) and photography is strictly prohibited with several members of staff seated at strategic locations to ensure people behave. Inside you will find cabinets displaying a range of items some being repeated dozens of times such as small silver elephants, while the central area is entirely taken up with a variety of ornate buddhas including, high above the rest the 'Emerald Buddha' because of its green colour but said to be made from baccarat crystal. Ahead of this in a case stands a golden Buddha that is apparently made from over 90kg of gold and is covered in a variety of diamonds, over 9,000, of various sizes up to 25 carats, though visually I found it less spectacular than it sounds.
As an example of Khmer art and workmanship the Silver Pagoda offers a fascinating display though with no photographs allowed and no publications that we could see on offer at the Royal Palace this may well remain one for your memories only.
The name 'Silver Pagoda' actually derives from what is underfoot - over 5,000 solid silver tiles weighing around 1kg each that cover the floor, though these are exposed only near the entrance where they are visible and at odd points here and there where they can be glimpsed at the edge of the carpet that protects them elsewhere. It seems surprising that they survived the Khmer Rouge but although a good many items were removed they were spared as a display to demonstrate that the Khmer Rouge were actually protecting the nation's cultural heritage when in fact they were not.
Unless you have a specific interest in art or religion the Silver Pagoda is unlikely to hold your interest for much more than 20 minutes but is well worth a visit. It is also thought provoking, to contrast the visible wealth contained in one room with the situation of the children you may well encounter a few minutes away selling books and fridge magnets, some of them to help pay for their own education or the poor and disabled elsewhere who cannot rely on state support. It seems to be a place of great contrast.
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