The Royal Palace was constructed in 1866 and is currently the official royal residence of the King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihamoni.
Norodom Sihamoni is the eldest son of Norodom Sihanouk. Norodom Sihanouk was the King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 & 1993 to 2004, after Norodom Sihamoni was appointed as the King of Cambodia in 2004, Norodom Sihanouk was appointed the King Father from 2004 to 2012 until his death.
Norodom Sihanouk had also served as Prime Minister, Head of State and President of Cambodia. In 9th November 1953, he officially declared Cambodia’s Independence from French colonial rule.
On 18 March 1970, Norodom Sihanouk was removed as the Head of State making way for the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Norodom Sihanouk was nominated to the symbolic position as the Head of State for the Khmer Rouge regime after he witnessed the effects of the genocide from the Khmer Rouge, he decided to resign from his position as the head of state.
On 24 September 1993, Norodom Sihanouk was reinstated as the King of Cambodia.
Norodom Sihamoni is the current King of Cambodia.
The Royal Palace consist of
- Is the primary audience hall for the King, for diplomatic and other official meetings.
Chanchhaya Pavilion also known as the Moonlight Pavilion
- Serves as a venue for the Royal Dancers, as a tribute for the King to address the crowds and to host state and Royal banquets.
Hor Samran Phirun
- Serves as a Royal rest house and waiting area where the King mounts an elephant for Royal processions. It is currently used to house gifts from foreign heads of state.
Hor Samrith Phimean also known as the Bronze Palace
- Is to house the royal regalia and costumes.
Napoleon III Pavilion
- Built for Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon III. The Pavilion now serves as a small museum housing Royal memorabilia and a photographic exhibition.
- Used for Royal reception and meetings.
The Royal Palace was built before the Khmer Rouge, but the country is still trying to recover from the devastation of the Khmer Rouge. You can see the street lights and the surrounding around the Royal Palace to be very well maintained and brightly lighted, but when you travel further away from the Royal Palace, you tend to see a different Cambodia.
Opening Hours: 7:30am-11:00pm; 2:00pm-5:00 pm
Entry Fees: US$6.25 per adult or 25,000 Riel, Guided tour would be US$10 more.
Dress Code: Dress appropriately (no bare legs or shoulders), but you can rent sarongs and oversized T-shirts for a token 1000 riel (plus US$1 deposit) at the palace entrance.
Where to stay: Check out Cardamom Hotel