Simply put, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is important because it is where the king and Royal Family live. It is the city’s White House, and Phnom Penh, the country’s Washington D.C. If only for its colorful glass tiled roof and gorgeous gardens, the palace is a remarkable building that definitely ranks among the most stunning buildings in Southeast Asia. Located on Samdach Sothearos Boulevard along Sisowath Quay, the Royal Palace is the pride of the Cambodian people although only a few areas within are accessible by the public.
Tourists are allowed to see the Throne Room as well as the equally magnificent Silver Pagoda that is located within the palace grounds. The Silver Pagoda is an important national and religious structure since it is the home of the two most expensive Buddha statues in the world: the life-size, 200-pound gold Buddha that is decked with thousands of diamond pieces and the emerald Buddha that is made from jade (others say the material used was really Baccarat crystal). The pagoda is also referred to as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also, the pagoda’s floor is inlaid with 5,000 pieces of tiles weighing one kilo a piece and made from pure silver. This is surely a one-of-a-kind pagoda and definitely one of the most expensive Buddhist temples in this part of the world. [Read more…]