Phnom Penh Royal Palace
When you visit the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, one of the first tourist attractions that you need to visit is the Royal Palace, which still serves as the royal residence of King Norodom Sihamoni and the previous king, King Norodom Sihanouk. This Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda close by adorn the skies of Cambodia with its resplendent colours and brilliant piece of Khmer style of architecture. Highlights - While visitors are allowed inside the Royal Palace, it is worthy to be noted that the actual place where the royal stay, Khemarin Palace, still remains closed for the public. Tourists who are coming here should be dressed appropriately as a mark of respect for the royals. Location – Sothearos Bvld, Phnom Penh. Timings – 7.30AM to 11AM and from 2PM to 5PM on all days except on days of official functions and ceremonies. Price – Entrance fee – Around USD6.25 per person and additional photography charges of USD10.
The Killing Fields
This is one of the massive graveyards in Cambodia. These are the places in which millions of people were tortured to death during the notorious Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia which lasted from 1975 to 1979. This highly cruel rule came to an end when Vietnam took over the control of Democratic Kampuchea. Highlights – Close to 20000 mass grave sites were identified in the Killing Fields area in Cambodia. Evidences indicate that around 1.38 million victims were killed in these areas. There is a huge stupa at the Killing Fields located at Choeung Ek and this is adorned with the skulls of the victims who were killed in the area. Location – Choeung Ek, Phnom Pehn and is considered as the area of mass genocide in Cambodia. Timings- Can be visited any time during the year. Price – Around USD6 for foreign tourists and free of cost for local tourists.
When you cover the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, you cannot miss the Silver Pagoda, as this structure is located right next to the royal residence. Highlights –The glimmering 5 tons of silver used on the floors of this structure has given this 19th century temple, the name of Silver Pagoda. Right on top of the pedestal, you can find a massive Buddha statue made of Baccarat crystal. Next to this, the golden Buddha blows you mind away with one look. Studded with a whopping 2086 diamonds, this Buddha weighs 90kg and is truly one of the star attractions in Phnom Penh. You can also find small sized bronze Buddha statues, silver statues of Buddha statues and many figurines of Lord Buddha all over this temple. The locals address Silver Pagoda as Wat Prea Keo. Location – Within the Royal Palace complex, Phnom Penh.Timings – 7.30AM to 11AM and 2PM to 5PM. Price – USD3 towards entry and extra charges of USD2 towards pictures.
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