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Royal Palace

Befitting the home of Cambodia’s royalty, the glittering golden roofline of this palace dominates Phnom Penh’s skyline.

One glimpse of Royal Palace is enough to confirm that it was built for kings and queens. Look for the gilded roof and dramatic Khmer architecture of this dominant Phnom Penh landmark.

The palace has been home to Cambodia’s royalty since its construction in 1866, on the site of Phnom Penh’s former old town. The first resident was His Majesty Prah Bat Norodom, the great-grandfather of the current king. 

After you enter, turn left to the ornate Throne Hall, an opulent building used for coronations, meetings with important dignitaries and other official celebrations. Featuring a massive tower, Throne Hall dominates the palace complex. Note the various architectural styles, from the European ceiling frescos to the Asian red and gold windows. Look for the gilded coronation throne, capped by a massive tiered parasol, at the back of the room. 

Continue south to the Royal Treasury, a narrow pavilion housing royal regalia and artifacts, from the coronation crown to the king’s utensils. 

Go to the Pavilion of Napoleon III next door, an iron building exhibiting a classic French style. Napoleon presented it to King Norodom in 1876. 

Follow a short pathway to the Silver Pagoda. From Italian marble steps to a solid silver floor, this area exudes luxury. Its crown jewel is a 17th-century emerald Buddha statue, a magnificent model made from solid gold and crystal and featuring 9,500 diamonds.  

Find information from pamphlets and placards throughout the palace. Take a guided tour to get the most from your visit. Tours are available in many languages and depart from the admission booth.

The palace is open daily, except for official functions. Wear shorts that reach at least your knee and shirts that reach at least your elbow or you will be obliged to rent appropriate clothing. It can get particularly busy on Sundays, when villagers from the surrounding countryside converge to pay their respects.  

Enter Royal Palace via the gate on Sothearos Boulevard. Expect to pay a reasonable admission fee. Be aware that because this is a royal residence, many buildings do not allow public entry.


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$78
Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

#28, Street 184, Phnom Penh
4.3
of 5, from 43 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Phnom Penh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Cambodia, Royal Palace, and Independence Monument. Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$29
Okay Boutique Hotel

Okay Boutique Hotel

House # 174, street 19Z, Phnom Penh
4.1
of 5, from 69 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Phnom Penh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Cambodia, Royal Palace, and Silver Pagoda. Independence Monument and Wat Phnom are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$62
SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel

SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel

# 68, Street 136 and 15, Phsar Kandal 1, Phnom Penh
4.6
of 5, from 86 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Phnom Penh, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of Cambodia and Central Market. Wat Phnom and Royal Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$70
NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex

NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex

NagaWorld, Samdech Techo Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
3.4
of 5, from 152 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Phnom Penh, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Samdach Hun Sen Park, Independence Monument, and Silver Pagoda. Royal Palace and National Museum of Cambodia are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$42
Queen Grand Boutique Hotel & Spa

Queen Grand Boutique Hotel & Spa

#14-16, St 258, Phnom Penh
4.3
of 5, from 106 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Phnom Penh, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Independence Monument and National Museum of Cambodia are also within 15 minutes.

Royal Mekong Boutique Hotel

Royal Mekong Boutique Hotel

#17, Street 208, Sankat Beoung Reang, Phnom Penh
3.5
of 5, from 66 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Phnom Penh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Lang Ka, Independence Monument, and National Museum of Cambodia. Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$45
Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort Phnom Penh

Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort Phnom Penh

No.5, Street 240, Phnom Penh
4.7
of 5, from 36 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Phnom Penh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Independence Monument and National Museum of Cambodia. Royal Palace and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$91
Palace Gate Hotel

Palace Gate Hotel

#44. St. Sothearos Blvd (Corner St. 240), Phnom Penh
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Core area of Phnom Penh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverfront Park and Royal Palace. Silver Pagoda and Independence Monument are also within 15 minutes.