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Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh Cambodia

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. [br]

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. [br]

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. [br][br]

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.