Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Phnom Pehn

I felt rather let down by our visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Pehn.  It cost $6.25 each to get in and, whilst not expensive by western standards, was the dearest place we visited in our entire trip around Cambodia.  For our entrance fee, we got to see some quite nicely laid out gardens and a collection of ornate buildings painted in rather garish colours.  We weren't allowed in to any of the buildings and some, including the highly praised Napoleon III Pavilion, were being renovated and so were covered in scaffolding and protective netting rendering them invisible to the visitor.  Large areas of the grounds were also out of bounds.  Perhaps we were just unlucky and on another day we may have seen more, but we were disappointed, both by what we saw and, more so, by what we didn't see.

You can see the photos of what we were allowed to see here.

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