The Royal Palace, A Regal Complex
Phnom Penhs Royal Palace is a compound of buildings which functions as the official residence of the Cambodian king. The palace has been occupied by the kings of Cambodia continuously since its construction in 1866, with the exception of the period of instability during and following the Khmer Rouge regime.
The palace also acts as the venue for important court rituals and ceremonies. It stands as a proud symbol of the heritage of the Kingdom of Cambodia and its people. Even today the palace serves as the residence of the Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni as well as his predecessor King Norodom Sihanouk.
The splendid palace compound along with the adjoining Silver Pagoda complex overlook a riverside park and comprise numerous buildings, other structures and beautifully maintained gardens situated within grounds encircled by a wall.
The splendid Chanchhaya Pavilion with its golden spires and the decoratively embellished wall mark the entrance to the palace compound, silhouetted against the skyline. Inside the high walls tranquillity reigns, the buildings rising majestically against the clear tropical skies.
The Chanchhaya Pavilion, or Moonlight Pavilion, functions as a platform from which the king speaks to his subjects, a venue for royal and state banquets as well as a performance area for the Royal Dancers.
Meanwhile the Throne Hall acts as the kings foremost audience hall and is made use of for official meetings, notably diplomatic functions and as a venue for coronations. The magnificent structure which boasts a 59 m spire is noted for its ceiling frescoes and majestic thrones.
The Hor Samrith Phimean which is also called the Bronze Palace serves as a treasury for various royal regalia; today its ground floor is used to display costumes and other items used ceremonially by the royals.
The pavilion known as Hor Samran Phirun functions as a waiting area for the king as he awaits the arrival of the royal elephant to participate in royal processions. Not to be missed is the Napoleon III Pavilion, which stands out with its European design; the building was a gift to the Cambodian king from Emperor Napoleon III of France.
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