Monday, 8 October 2018

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Many of the countries in Southeast Asia are kingdoms and have their requisite palaces. A good reference is the elaborate palace in Bangkok. Cambodia's royal retreat was built in the 1860's by King Norodom, when the capital was moved from Oudong to Phnom Penh. Renovation and reconstruction have taken place almost constantly, especially the necessary rebuilding after the grim Khmer Rouge era of the mid-1970's.

Today, bright and beautiful for the tourists.

A couple of buildings in the complex.

The silver pagoda, named for the floor tiles. Moonlight pavilion, used for dances.

Royal fans.

A massive mural depicting the Indian epic saga the Ramayana, stretching to infinity. It keeps going along three more walls, creating a courtyard. Striking a pose in front of a renovation project.

Sizing up a royal stupa.

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