Located in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Silver Pagoda is a beautiful symbol of the Khmer’s religiosity and artistry. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Silver Pagoda is truly a stunning site that tourists should not miss. The structure is made of marble and concrete, its floors are laden with silver tiles, and it showcases an emerald Buddha and a 90-kg solid gold Buddha. Inside are precious artifacts and jewels.
Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of this slowly yet steadily rising Southeast Asian country. Cambodians have practiced Buddhism since the 5th century, at least, and could be as old as the 3rd Century according to some sources. Today, about 96% of the total population are Buddhists, and the silver Pagoda is one of their most precious religious structures. In fact, it was spared and left untouched by the Khmer Rouge. [Read more…]