This building once housed richly decorated sacred texts written on palm leaves (now moved to the safety of air-conditioned storage).
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21); it soon became…
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
This wonderful wildlife sanctuary for rescued animals is home to gibbons, sun bears, elephants, tigers, lions, deer, enormous pythons and a massive bird…
National Museum of Cambodia
The National Museum of Cambodia is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture: a millennium’s worth and more of masterful Khmer design…
With its classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding, the Royal Palace once dominated the skyline of Phnom Penh. It's a striking structure near the riverfront,…
Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
Between 1975 and 1978, about 20,000 men, women, children and infants who had been detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the…
A landmark building in the capital, the art deco Psar Thmei (literally 'New Market') is often called the Central Market, a reference to its location and…
The Silver Pagoda complex is enclosed by walls plastered with an extensive and, in parts, spectacular mural depicting the classic Indian epic of the…
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. 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…
2. North Gate
North gate of the Royal Palace compound.
3. 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…
4. Shrine of King Norodom
This shrine includes a striking bronze sculpture of the former king on horseback.
5. Banquet Hall
This building was traditionally used for royal dining; today it is used for ceremonial apsara (nymph) dances and training.
6. Bell Tower
The bell of this tower is rung to order the gates of the Royal Palace compound to be opened or closed.
7. Royal Offices
The administrative offices of the king.
8. Phnom Mondap
This artificial hill has a structure containing a bronze footprint of the Buddha from Sri Lanka.