When I crossed the border into Cambodia from Vietnam, I applied for my visa on arrival. When I got my passport back, I opened it up to check my visa to make sure that the dates were correct, as I always do. When I found the page, I instantly saw the words “Kingdom of Cambodia” at the top of the visa. I had been so long in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, that I had completely forgotten that Cambodia was in fact a Kingdom. When I arrived in Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, I knew that the first thing that I should do is head to the Royal Palace.
Compared to the long history of Cambodia, beginning with the Khmer Empire in the 9th century, the Royal Palace and the capital of Phnom Penh are relatively new, first being established in the 1860’s. The Royal Palace complex of buildings was built throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, but the extravagance and grandeur that befits a royal residence is certainly there, and it has been the residence of the Royal Family of Cambodia for all of this time, apart from the short period of the Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970’s.
I found the art and architecture to be very beautiful and well worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this photo journey through the Royal Palace.
Information on visiting the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Entrance to the Royal Palace costs $6.25 and is open from 8-11am and 2-5pm everyday except when it is closed for official functions.