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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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Lodging Near Royal Palace

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Okay Boutique Hotel
Okay Boutique Hotel

Okay Boutique Hotel

House # 174, street 19Z, Phnom Penh
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 274 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, 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).

    SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel
    SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel

    SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel

    # 68, Street 136 and 15, Phsar Kandal 1, Phnom Penh
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 334 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, 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).

      The Kabiki
      The Kabiki

      The Kabiki

      22, street 264, Phnom Penh
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 245 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Boeung Keng Kang hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Independence Monument and National Museum of Cambodia. Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Chateau The Meliya $40
        Chateau The Meliya

        Chateau The Meliya

        10B, St. 264, Sangkat Chaktomok,, Phnom Penh
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 73 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument, Independence Monument, and Silver Pagoda. Royal Palace and National Museum of Cambodia are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Plantation Urban Resort and Spa $58
          Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

          Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

          #28, Street 184, Phnom Penh
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 206 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, 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).

            NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
            NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex

            NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex

            NagaWorld, Samdech Techo Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
               
              3.6
              of 5, from 537 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart 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).

              Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
              Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

              Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

              #44. St. Sothearos Blvd (Corner St. 240), Phnom Penh
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 47 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                This spa hotel is located in the heart of Phnom Penh, walking distance from Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Also nearby are National Museum of Cambodia and Independence Monument.

                Silver River Hotel $22
                Silver River Hotel

                Silver River Hotel

                #37, Street #172, Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Phnom Penh
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 194 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of Cambodia and Royal Palace. Silver Pagoda and Independence Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km).