Entering the Palace grounds we didn't know what to expect
Our first view was of the Chan Chhaya or Moonlight Pavilion peaking through the trees. Little did we know this was only a glimpse of what was to come
But after turning the corner the Splendor of the Royal Palace was truely revealed. To the left was the Banquet Hall.
Then the Throne Hall was in front of us. It was quite spectacular.
Looking back at the Moonlight Pavilion we could see it in all it's glory along with the vast grounds. The details in the buildings was amazing to see. From there we entered the Silver Pagoda Complex center of which was, you guessed it, the Silver Pagoda or Wat Preah Keo. It is named the Silver Pagoda as the entire floor was covered with solid Silver floor tiles. It was covered in Rugs though so I could only see the tiles in the corners. A lot of the Buildings forbid photos so I don't have any photos inside sorry. Along the walls of the complex is a Mural telling the story of Ramayana, the story of Hinduism. It was painted back in 1903-4 by over 40 Painters and spans the external wall, around 700 meters
Here is another view of the Silver Pagoda and a Detail of one of the doors Pegoda's and Halls weren't the only buildings there. Here is the Stupa of King Norodom In front of the complex were Musicians and displays of days past. These Silver Elephants were gifts from Generals to the King Here are some of the apparatus used in the days when Elephants were used as transport. Our transport was there waiting for us once we finished the tour On the way back to the Hotel we past the Independence Monument which was built in 1958 to recognise Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. For some reason I just like the Policeman riding his Motorcycle in front. Well thats my visit to the the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. I hope you enjoyed reading it.
Till next time.