Singaporetourismmap: Regal Palace - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The final weekend of May brought alongside it a conveniently placed vacation for Vesak twenty-four hr menses which meant a long weekend.  Technically non actually for me equally I run Saturdays but my hubby in addition to I decided to each own got a duo of days off run in addition to acquire away somewhere.  Having non been away inward the portion for almost ii years (our final trip beingness to Bali ii summers ago) I was real excited to endure going somewhere new.

As those who follow this weblog volition know my hubby travels a lot for work.  One payoff of all this travelling though is that he collects a lot of air miles in addition to it was alongside these that nosotros decided to discovery some flights.  I was happy to acquire pretty much anywhere (even going dorsum to Bali) but inward the halt nosotros settled on a house neither of us had visited, Cambodia.  My hubby has travelled extensively inward Asia alongside work, far to a greater extent than than me in addition to likely far to a greater extent than than I am always probable too, but this was somewhere he hadn't been to either hence it seemed the perfect choice.  Siem Reap seemed an obvious choice but nosotros flora nosotros couldn't acquire guaranteed flights using the miles in addition to equally we'd booked fourth dimension off nosotros wanted to endure going somewhere in addition to non run the risk of going nowhere.  We hence stumbled across flights to Phnom Penh hence opted for a see to the upper-case missive of the alphabet city.  I own got to acknowledge I knew real picayune almost what was at that spot to produce but having read a picayune to a greater extent than I was satisfied that this would endure a slap-up kickoff house to see inward Cambodia.  

So on the Fri (Vesak day) nosotros flew off to Phnom Penh.  Our kickoff twenty-four hr menses was spent mainly wandering around the surface area close our hotel.  We were good placed close to the Royal Palace, Tonle Sap river in addition to a wealth of eateries.  Our hotel was, although a picayune unfinished inward places, real welcoming, create clean in addition to the service was fantastic.  In fact the service everywhere nosotros went was brilliant.  I'd own got no hesitation inward staying at that spot in ane lawsuit to a greater extent than if I were returning to Phnom Penh.

The Royal Palace was unopen on the Fri hence nosotros decided to provide on the Saturday.  If you lot are thinking of visiting delight banking enterprise complaint it is alone opened upwardly from 7.30am - 11am in addition to hence in ane lawsuit to a greater extent than from 2pm - 5pm.  We went early on inward the morn but it was already incredibly hot, the Sun real intense in addition to at that spot is non a lot of shelter hence brand certain you lot own got Sun cream.  Throughout our whole remain inward Phnom Penh it was several degrees hotter than Singapore mostly is in addition to the deviation was real noticeable at times!  

The Royal Palace is the residence of the Cambodian King, they own got occupied it since the 1860's other than during in addition to afterwards the reign of the Central Khmer Rouge.  You come inward the palace from the Sothearos Boulevard, easily the grandest route I saw inward Phnom Penh in addition to also the quietest.  Once within all exterior noises seem to disappear in addition to you lot are immersed inward a tranquil calm, fifty-fifty to a greater extent than hence it seemed equally nosotros visited early on inward the morning.   

The palace was constructed when the upper-case missive of the alphabet of Kingdom of Cambodia was relocated from Oudong to Phnom Penh nether King Norodom (there is a statue to him inward the palace grounds) in addition to the French protectorate inward the mid-19th century.  It serves equally a residence for the King (though the role he lives inward is unopen to the public), a venue for courtroom ceremonies in addition to equally a symbol of the Kingdom.  Although the palace was sited inward its acquaint location inward the 1860's it didn't achieve its acquaint cast until around 1920.  Over fourth dimension buildings own got been added, expanded in addition to demolished.

Attached to the palace chemical compound is the Wat Preah Keo Morokat or the Silver Pagoda.  It has this cry because of its silvery tiled flooring (there are 5329 tiles each weighing 1.125kg) in addition to is where the King meets alongside monks, no monks alive at that spot however.  Ceremonies are performed at that spot in addition to it also has a collection of Buddhist in addition to historical objects, including the 17th century 'Emerald Buddha'. 

As I wandered around I commented to my hubby how it reminded me a lot of the Grand Palace inward Bangkok.  I didn't recall that surprising given the countries are neighbours in addition to both own got a large Buddhist population.  Having read a picayune to a greater extent than almost the palace since I empathize that it was constructed using both traditional Central Khmer architecture in addition to Thai architecture, hence perchance that's why I tin post away catch a resemblance.  It also features a break of European features in addition to designs equally well.  This includes the Napoleon Fe pavilion, originally built for Empress Eugenie of France, Napoleon's married adult woman inward 1869 for utilisation inward the inauguration of the Suez canal.  It was a gift from French Republic inward 1876.

After you lot exit the palace chemical compound in addition to Silver pagoda you lot come inward an surface area alongside a museum in addition to to a greater extent than full general data almost Kingdom of Cambodia in addition to its history and, of course, refreshment areas, toilets in addition to a gift shop.  If you lot want to you lot tin post away catch silk weaving exhibitions, a traditional Cambodian trouble solid in addition to much to a greater extent than including an interesting (though quite long) video almost Cambodia's history.

We opted non to own got a guided tour in addition to explore the house ourselves when nosotros visited.  There is non much inward the means of signage or data around hence if you lot actually desire to larn a lot almost the house in addition to what you lot are seeing a ask may endure a practiced choice.  Nonetheless though it was a slap-up morn in addition to the Royal Palace is definitely a must catch on whatever trip to Phnom Penh.


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