Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
As we emerged from the National Museum, we easily located the yellow high walls. We walked around the perimeter to find the entrance of the Royal Palace which was opposite the riverfront between Streets 240 and 184. It is open everyday from 7:30 to 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. It is the Residence of the King of Cambodia.
One of the mistakes we did was not hiring a tour guide. We assumed we could do it on our own, but the leaflet given at the entrance have no information about the function of each Royal Building or Structure. I know it's wrong but we sometimes pop behind a French or English tour group to eavesdrop in the hopes of getting information. So yes, please hire a guide.
|Statues and Pagodas|
|Prohibited Area for Public Access|
|Tourists and Manicured Gardens|
|Scale Model of Angkor Vat|
|View of the Royal Palace Gate from the Riverside|
Each royal building was surrounded by manicured gardens. The intricacy of details and murals were fascinating. Despite it being at the heart of the city, the walls buffer the sounds coming from the road. It gets really tranquil within the royal grounds.
Love & light,