Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Royal Palace Phnom Penh Reviews
Dec 27, 2007
The Royal Palace is a complex of pretty wats, buildings and gardens, where the King of Cambodia still lives, although lots of guards and ropes prevent you from meeting him. However, much of the courtyard is still open for viewing, including gorgeous stuctures like Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda.
For the most part, architecture looks more like the white and gold spired temples of Thailand than the stone complexes of Angkor, but with distinctly Cambodian touches, including the faces looking out from spires and a French-style building donated from Napoleon III. I loved the intricacy of the structures, from decadently carved doors to well-placed water lilies.
The complex was really pretty and definitely one of the highlights of Phnom Phen. Don't go in a miniskirt or tank top, though. Some dress code rules apply. If I remember correctly, admission is about $6.
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