The bell of this tower is rung to order the gates of the Royal Palace compound to be opened or closed.
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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National Museum of Cambodia
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Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
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The main attraction in the palace compound is the Throne Hall. Topped by a 59m-high tower inspired by the Bayon at Angkor, it was inaugurated in 1919 by…
Nearby Phnom Penh attractions
1. North Gate
North gate of the Royal Palace compound.
2. Silver Pagoda
Within the Royal Palace compound is this extravagant temple, also known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Silver Pagoda is so named…
3. Royal Offices
The administrative offices of the king.
This building once housed richly decorated sacred texts written on palm leaves (now moved to the safety of air-conditioned storage).
5. Shrine of King Norodom Suramarit
This is the shrine of King Norodom Suramarit, the father of King Sihanouk who reigned from 1955 to 1960 following his son's abdication from the throne.
6. Napoleon III Pavilion
Check out this curious iron pavilion, located south of the Throne Hall. Given to King Norodom by Napoleon III of France in 1876, it was hardly designed…
7. Shrine of Princess Kantha Bopha
This shrine is dedicated to Kantha Bopha, one of former King Father Sihanouk’s daughters, who died of leukemia when she was just four years old. There are…
8. Pavilion for Royal Celebrations
The royal family celebrate important festivals in the Khmer calendar in this pavilion.