Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Throne Hall at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.
The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, as the name says it all, is a true reflection of royalty. This palace was being constructed around a century back and was a residence of kind of Cambodia. It was reserved for the family of the king as well as foreign dignitaries. The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is symbolic of kingdom of Cambodia. It also served as place for court ceremonial and ritual events. Even today, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh serves as Cambodian home for the earlier king Norodom Sihanouk and King Norodom Sihamoni. Within the vicinity of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh also lies the Silver pagoda.
The paintings on this wall around 1,000 years old.
The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh has different royal buildings that serve as popular tourist attractions today. Entire royal building is open for the tourists apart from the actual residence of the Royal family. The tourists are offered tour guides and pamphlets just at the admission stall. The palace grounds remain open every day from 7.30-11.00 and 2.00-5.00, with an exception to the official events.
Royal Palace buildings
Within the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, the Throne hall is the main audience hall. It is being used for official meetings, coronation and ambassadorial meetings. The first Throne hall was built from 1869-1870 and was knocked down in 1915. The current Throne Hall was built in 1917.
This building situated in the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, is also the second version but has similar design as its original masterpiece. This building is also called “moonlight pavilion” and is a place for royal dancers. It also serves as a venue from where King addresses the crowd and royal and state banquets are held.
Hor Samran Phirun
This is yet another building of Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. It is a place where the emperor mounts on the elephant for his Royal pageant. It is also a building where the Royal musical instruments rest and processions are implemented. Presently, it nests offerings from foreign head of states, which is a feast for the tourists to watch!
Different sculptures, paintings and other art pieces are decoration the Royal Palace.
Hor Samrith Phimean
This building of Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is also called “Bronze palace.” It can be said as a storehouse for Royal ceremonial dresses as well as features. At present, it features Royal costumes and regalia which can be seen on lowest floor.
Napoleon III Pavilion
This pavilion was the first ever permanent structure of Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Originally, it was constructed for France’s Empress Eugenie who was the wife of napoleon III. Even today, the tourists can see “N”, royal emblem engraved on doors as well as other building parts. This pavilion was reinstated in 1991 by the means of finance from Government of France. This building acts as a museum now.
This is another building of Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and it was initially built as Dance Theater for classical dancers. At present, it is being utilized for the meetings and receptions of Royal family.
Damnak Chan is a bit confusing building, especially for the specialists of architecture. It represents a blend of Western architecture with Khmer architecture. The roof of the building is that of Khmer style while the main apparatus displays western architecture. This building is not open for the public.
Damnak Chan in 2011.
This is the Royal residence of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. As mentioned already, this section is not open for the public.
Villa Kantha Bopha
This is a building that reflects Western Style and is named after the daughter Princess of the King. The name of the princess was Kantha Bopha. It serves as a temporary living place for foreign delegations and this section also remains closed for tourists.
Monks cooling down under a tree. Behind, in white, a stupa for Kantha Bopha.
The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh attracts several tourists, especially those who are interested in watching the Royal style and culture that still prevails in this building.
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