Last updated by joyce at 2013-11-5
Royal Palace of Phnom Penh used to be the symbol of the imperial power of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the residence of the royal family. In Khmer language, the full name of Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk. The modern Royal Palace was designed by a famous French engineer, dating back to the end of the 19th century. The resplendent and magnificent Royal Palace is the typical Cambodia building, situated in the east of Phnom Penh and facing the confluence of Mekong River and Tonle Sap River. It is a magnificent building with golden roof and yellow walls surrounding it, consisting of over 20 palaces of various sizes, such as the golden palace, the silver palace and the treasure palace with exquisite reliefs on the winding corridors. The treasure palace is inside the golden palace, displaying precious treasures. Among all the buildings in the palace, the silver palace is the most gorgeous one, whose ground is paved with over 4,700 silver bricks. In the palace, there is also a natural jade Buddha statue with the height of about 60 centimeters, regarding as the national treasure of Cambodia. It is also the holy land for the Buddhist devotions of the successive kings.
There are some famous buildings near the Royal Palace. In its north, across the road, there located the National Museum. In the museum, there are a large number of collections, including the ancient relics. To the north, Wat Ounalom, the largest and oldest Buddhist temple of Phnom Penh is located there. In the east of the Royal Palace, there is a square of lawn, where the most celebrated festivals are held. In the south of the Royal Palace, there is also a temple, whose northern side connects the square of the Royal Palace.
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