The Royal Palace Built in the 1860’s, and first capital of Cambodia was on northern it’s called Angkor then moved several places around the country but Udong was other city before it moved to the city of Phnom Penh. The whole compound of the building is 174,870 square metres of breathtaking Khmer architecture and lush greenery.
Today is the home of the Cambodia Royal families of King Sihamoni and his mother queen, the palace is open to worldwide peoples to visit, everyday
Code dress to wear in the Palace, dress appropriately for Buddhist culture. Women should cover their knees and shoulders while men should wear shirts with sleeves.
Through out the palace’s compounds there are lot of things that allows every visitor to see, like big and small gardens, throne hall building, Silver Pagoda and several buildings that’s included Chanchaya, paviloin, elephant rooms and more… But the interested structures in the royal palace’s compounds are the throne hall and silver pagoda.
The throne hall of palace compound
To those of visitor who is visiting the royal palace then the Throne Hall is a first thing to see after everyone have walked through to ticket counter then turn left after that those of you will be seeing architecture of the throne hall, and it’s a unique architecture that nowhere can have the same. the building is one of the splendid buildings, it have been used for the occasion of the coronations, meeting place of important dignitaries, and many other official ceremonies.
Throne Hall is called Preah Thineang Vinnichay for Cambodian people. It is the place where Cambodian king and cabinet has been used to discuss the country events. Nowadays, royal rituals and religious such as coronation, royal marriages, and greeting to local and international guests.
The Throne Hall was built twice, the first formation of wood was between 1869 and 1870 during the period of King Norodom, and then the building was destroyed in 1915. The Throne Hall today was built in 1917 and was launched in 1919 by King Sisowath. The building has an area of 30 x 60m, with 59m high of the top tower. Like all the houses and buildings in the palace, the Throne Hall is located in the east and becomes the most brilliant in the morning. The Throne is placed in the center of the room. The throne was used for the coronation of the king on his coronation day, the last time under the time of King Sihanmoni has not done the coronation ceremony on this throne. The ceiling has a dome structure decorated with brilliant motifs describing the legend Reamker. This is considered a unique picture with the ways drawing on the ceiling and color which is not faded over time.
The Silver Pagoda is located on the south side of the Royal Palace, official name “for Cambodian peoples calling” is Wat Ubaosoth Ratanaram, also known as Wat Preah Keo Morakot which is commonly shortened to Wat Preah Keo in Khmer.
The pagoda is one the Buddhism temples around, was also the King worshiped, prayed and practiced every Buddhist Silas Day, sometime the royal family and officials also held Buddhist ceremonies there.This pagoda has no monks. However, this Majestic King Norodom Sihanouk spent one year when he was the monk hood on July 31, 1947. there were no monk at the temple.
the pagoda was built between 1892 and 1902, during the region of King Norodom, but at that time it was constructed of wood and brick. Its design is base on Cambodian architectural style.
The temple was reconstructed in 1962 on the same site with reinforced concrete. The floor was laid with silver tiles, and the columns were covered with glass stone imported from Italy. The architecture, however, remained the same.This temple is called Pheah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot because the main Buddha statue is made of priceless emerald, which Cambodians call Keo Morakot. Westerners, however, prefer to call the temple the Silver Pagoda because of the 5,329 genuine silver tiles that cover the floor
There are 1,650 art objects housed in this temple. Most of them are Buddha figures. They are made of gold, silver, bronze and other valuable materials. Some are decorated with diamonds. They are gifts from the King, the royal family, dignitaries and other people who worship at Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot, where they pray for peace and prosperity, for happiness and for the preservation of Cambodian cultural heritage for the next generation. In front of the throne, site a Buddha statue made of gold, weighing 90 kilograms (about 200 pounds) and decorated with 2,086 diamonds. The biggest diamond is on the crown. It is 25 millimeters. This statue was commissioned in 1904 by King Sisowath, following the suggestion of King Norodom. King Norodom said, after his body was cremated the gold casket should be melted to make Buddha statue representing Preah Srei Araymetrey. This Buddha statue is named Preah Chin Raingsei Rachik Norodom.