Cambodia: Grand Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital city—and it is a city of contrasts. While the Cambodians are proud of their glorious past as reflected on their magnificent Grand Royal Palace, what you see on the street is the extreme opposite of the lavish atmosphere inside the compound of the impressive palace itself.

Unlike the Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok which is overly crowded, Cambodia’s version (I’m not sure who copied the architectural design from who—but they have similarities) is spacious and only few tourists were there when I visited it yesterday. It’s well-tended and the lawns are skillfully manicured. I felt the royal feeling in there while probing from one hall to another pagoda. Khmer architecture is unique, imposing and splendid.

On a beautiful, sunny day, like yesterday, the halls were so photogenic that I never got tired of taking photos in different angles.  I suspect that the halls were freshly painted, thus, they were rich, vibrant and vivid.

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The Gate

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The Pavilion right in front of the gate.

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Hor Samran Phirun

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Phochani Pavilion

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Moonlight Pavilion

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The Throne Hall

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The Throne Hall

This post is reblogged from my old photoblog.

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2 Responses to “Cambodia: Grand Royal Palace in Phnom Penh”

  1. Cory
    January 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM #

    I’m not sure when you went there but I was there three months ago and it was so raining on the three days I stayed there. My photos aren’t this fantastic as yours. :(

    • January 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM #

      Hello Cory,
      I was there in September 2008.
      I was actually worried before my trip because the guide books and everyone said its rainy season in SEA. Fortunately, I only experienced 1 day of rain in Vietnam.
      If your photos aren’t looking that good, then, I guess, they want you back there! :))

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