Phnom Penh Cambodia - The Royal Palace

Phnom Penh Cambodia - things to look at round in the City.

Figurine or gargoyle at Phonm Penh's Royal Palace, Cambodia. Stupa at the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Visiting and looking round the Cambodian Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, plus several Wats and Temples at Phnom Penh.

The Royal Palace is certainly the one place to visit whilst in Phnom Penh - it is open daily from 0800-1100 and from 1400-1700. The entrance fee is fairly expensive at 6USD for adults but this does include use of a still photo camera. Also you do have to be suitably dressed - long shorts seemed to be ok but certainly no sleeveless tops and as usual no shoes can be worn within most of the Palace buildings.
Royal Palace in Phnom Penh with a beautiful Stupa Victory Gate at The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Phnom Penh - The beautiful Royal Palace Cambodia, Phnom Penh - Royal Palace building
Apart from the huge amount of beautiful buildings there are nicely planted and laid out gardens throughout the Palace area - you do need to allow plenty of time to see everything whilst the Palace is open as closing times are strictly adhered too.
Preah Tineang - Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Chanchhaya Pavillion at the Royal Palace, Cambodia Damnak Chan - Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Silver Pagoda at the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Wat Lang Ka - Phnom Penh, Cambodia  Wat Lang Ka, Phnom Penh, Cambodia The beautiful Wat Lang Ka at Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Wat Lang Ka, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Wat Lang Ka is located near to Independence Monument - it's been restored since the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge. The Wat is open daily and there is no entrance fee. Founded in 1422 Wat Lang Ka was one of Phnom Penh'ss original wats and is still in active use - you will find quite a few saffron robed monks wandering around.

Looking round Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Wat Phnom is open daily and although there is no entrance fee you are expected to make a donation of one US Dollar if you are a foreigner. The temple is one of the most important sites in Phnom Penh, legend tells that a Cambodian woman called Daun Chi Penh found several Buddha figures washed up along the Mekong. She had the temple built to house these figures.
The temple is built on a 27 metre high hill thus the name Phnom Penh (which means the Hill of Penh). A stairway lined with naga balustrades leads to the temple - the whole area seems to represent many cultures and religions. The temple is dedicated to Theravada Buddhism however there is also a shrine to the genie Preah Chau (revered by the Vietnamese) plus two Chinese sagas and an eight armed statue of Vishnu. The ashes of King Ponhea Yat are contained within a large white Stupa.
Inside Wat Phnom Temple - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Buddha inside the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Naga guard the entrance stairs to Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wat Phnom Stupa and garden clock - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The area is generally very busy especially outside of the entrance gate as there are many street urchins, beggars, people selling drinks and youngsters trying to sell small birds in cages which you are meant to relapse once you get up into the Wat. Apparently these birds are quite well trained to simply return to their cages - only to be re-sold of course. However it is worth a visit because of the site's importance and it is just about the only hill in town. Set in gardens with trees all around it makes a good place to sit and relax for a while - and you can watch time go by checking the large garden clock.

Phnom Penh attractions and things to do including day trips.
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