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The Royal Palace, in Photos

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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.

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Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia 2
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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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