|The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Royal Palace, located near the Tonle Sap River in central Phnom Penh, is the residence of King Sihanouk of Cambodia. It consists of several buildings including the magnificent Throne Hall, where coronations and official ceremomies take place, the Silver Pagoda (so named because the floor is covered with over 5000 silver tiles), an iron house given to King Norodom of Cambodia by Napoleon III of France, libraries, shrines dedicated to the past kings of Cambodia and several royal offices. Many of the precious items once displayed in the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. However, like all of Cambodia, the Royal Palace is undergoing a rebirth and a visit to these beautiful buildings is a must for any visitor to Phnom Penh.
|The Throne Hall at the Royal Palace.||A travellers palm located on the grounds of the Royal Palace.|
|Beautiful landscaping and sculptures on the grounds of the Royal Palace.||Iron house given to King Norodom of Cambodia by Napoleon III of France. King Norodom ruled Cambodia from 1860 to 1904.|
|Beautiful landscaping in front of the Throne Hall.||Building with an elephant hitching post and a platform for the king to dismount from his elephant.|
|Various shrines dedicated to the former kings of Cambodia in front of the Silver Pagoda.||Mural on the walls surrounding the Silver Pagoda depicting the Ramayana epic.|
|Detail of a glass panel at the Silver Pagoda.|
|Buddha image on a glass panel at the Silver Pagoda.|