The Royal Palace, in Photos

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck
Exploring Phnom Penh can be an exhausting and daunting venture, especially when weaving through crowded traffic on hot and dusty days (so, essentially every day).But there are perfect spots throughout to steal away from the chaos. Wat Phnom was a favourite of ours where the noise of the city melted away up the tiny hill that made it the tallest religious structure in the city.

The Royal Palace, although a bit more overwhelming in terms of architecture and vast opulence, still felt like a delicious escape. Residence of the King, the gorgeous gardens give way to temples, immense paintings and several pagodas, one with a floor laid entirely with silver.

(In all honesty, given that it was our first exploration of modern Asian architecture, it felt almost Disneyland-ish with the bright colours and cursive edges. And the incredible wealth that exists within the walled compound was hard to take given the considerable poverty that sits right outside.)

But, so it is. And if that can be overcome, it is still a good place to spend the afternoon flexing your camera trigger finger.

The Royal Palace felt like a delicious escape.

Royal Palace Photograph


Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia 2
Shining Buddha
Purple Orchid

Pagoda in Lily Pond

Iron Buddha

Royal Palace Phnom Penh

And nothing says peace and serenity like monks in the gorgeous orange robes.

Cambodian Monks

16 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • December 20 2013

    Your pictures keep getting better and better. This Wat looks stunning!

  • December 20 2013

    Oh wow. Yes, talk about opulent!

    And that first photo… just perfection. I will definitely have to check this out myself soon!
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    • December 27 2013

      Hopefully you don’t get “templed out” by the time you get there. 🙂

  • Kent
    December 20 2013

    Fantastic photos! Beautiful place! I envy you!

  • Laura
    December 22 2013

    Gorgeous photos! Cambodia is amazing!

    • December 27 2013

      Thanks Laura! It is an easy place to snap a million photos, that is for sure. 🙂

  • No Roads and No Horizons
    December 29 2013

    Stunning pictures of the Royal Palace! I just went last week and these pictures kind of look better than in person, haha. Great eye! It was a gorgeous and tranquil spot in an often chaotic city. Same can be said of Wat Phnom.

  • January 5 2014

    Great photos! I stayed in a guesthouse just across the Royal Palace. As I didn’t have much time in Phnom Penh I decided to stay very close to its landmark. Modest in comparison with its Thai counterparts, the Cambodian Royal Palace was indeed a nice place to visit and spend some time.

  • January 5 2014

    I loved visiting this palace! I was completely blown away by its beauty and the vast treasures of the Silver Temple. Definitely a nice respite from the chaos of the rest of the city. Great shots!
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  • January 6 2014

    These are some gorgeous shots! I love the purple flower with the temple behind…

  • January 16 2014

    Wow. You are beyond talented! I am in love with all of these photos. Thank you so much for sharing these.
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  • January 17 2014

    Gorgeous photos! Really offers up a different perspective.

  • A beautiful photo collection! Love all of the unexpected glimpses and framing choices.
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  • January 21 2014

    Amazing shots! Love it.


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