SOUTH EAST ASIA - 2013
PHNOM PENH's
˜ ROYAL PALACE & SILVER PAGODA˜

All photos © Ruud Leeuw

 

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
The Royal Palace was constructed after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh in the mid-19th century.

The establishment of the Royal Palace at Phnom Penh in 1866 is a comparatively recent event in the history of the Khmer and Cambodia. The seat of Khmer power in the region rested at or near Angkor north of the Great Tonle Sap Lake from 802 AD until the early 15th century.

Phnom Penh - Royal Palace
Entry into the Throne Hall was not allowed, nor was photography allowed; the latter is always too tempting for me..
Phnom Penh - Royal Palace
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Royal Palace Phnom Penh
It was not until after the implementation of the French Protectorate in Cambodia in 1863 that the capital was moved from Oudong to Phnom Penh, and the current Royal Palace was founded and constructed.

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
On the year of 1865, the year of the cow, at nine o'clock in the morning, King Norodom moved the Royal court from Oudong to the new Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and the city became the official capital of Cambodia the following year. Over the next decade several buildings and houses were added, many of which have since been demolished and replaced.
[Wikipedia]

 

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
The complex is divided by walls into four main compounds, on the south side is the Silver Pagoda, to the north side is the Khemarin Palace and the central compound contains the Throne Hall and to the west is the private sector or the Inner Court.
The buildings of the palace were built gradually overtime, and some were dismantled and rebuilt as late as the 1960s. Some old buildings dates back to the 19th century though.

Phnom Penh - Royal Palace
Beautiful detail

Phnom Penh - Royal Palace
Stately gardens and the Moonlight Pavilion.

Only a few weeks before our visit (01-07Feb2013) the palace was involved in the funeral ceremonies of Cambodia's King Father, Norodom Sihanouk.
The urn containing the late king Norodom Sihanouk’s remains was brought to the Royal Palace, its final place of rest, on the last day of a weeklong funeral rite for the former monarch.
A portion of Sihanouk’s remains were cast into the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.
A golden urn containing the other portion was moved from the Preah Meru field.

Phnom Penh - Royal Palace

 

Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh
From the palace compound we passed through a wall, entering the Silver Pagoda compound.


Royal Palace Phnom Penh
The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a good example of Khmer architecture featuring its layout of the defensive wall (kampaeng), throne hall (preah tineang), Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Preah Keo Morakot, photo above), stupas (chedei), towering spires (prang prasat) and mural paintings.
This part of the entire complex is called the Silver Pagoda and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is part of that compound.

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
I don't recall where I took this photo...

 

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Our guide shared a lot of information, alas a lot of the lessons in history passed through my brain without
settling in my memory. He was enthusiastic and I am sorry I forgot his name.
Thank goodness for Wikipedia to learn more about the history of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.

Phnom Penh - Royal Palace
Stupa of Hm King Norodom (I think).

 

 

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
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Royal Palace Phnom Penh
The golden urn of Notodom Sihanouk will sit permanently inside one of the stupas of the Royal Palace,
near the remains of his deceased daughter, Kunthea Buppha, who died at age three. The one on the left.

 

 

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Model of Angkor Wat, a taste of what was yet to come!

Royal Palace Phnom Penh

 

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh - Royal Palace

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