Cambodia's Royal Palace Travel Guide

Cambodia’s Royal Palace is located in Phnom Penh city. Built in 1866, the Royal Palace was the residence of the King of Cambodia and his family.


The Royal Palace, was constructed over a century ago, is home of the King of Cambodia and his family and served as a venue for the performance of court ceremony and ritual. 


In 1813, King Ang Chan (1796-1834) constructed Banteay Kev (the 'Cristal Citadel') on the site of the current Royal Palace. After the capital was moved from Oudong to Phnom Penh, and the current Royal Palace was founded and constructed. In 1866, the establishment of the Royal Palace at Phnom Penh was a big event of Khmer's history and Cambodia also. King Sisowath (1904-1927) made several contributions to the current Royal Palace by adding the Phochani Hall in 1907, and replacing and expanding some old buildings.
During the Khmer Rouge regime, former King Sihanouk and his family resided and were ultimately held as prisoners in the Palace. In the mid-90s, many of the Palace buildings were restored and refurbished.

The Royal Palace complex includes: Throne Hall, Chanchhaya Pavillion, Hor Samran Phirun, Hor Samrith Phimean, Napoleon III Pavilion and Phochani Pavilion, etc. Each building has its own characteristics and plays different role.
For example, The Throne Hall is the primary audience hall of the King, used for coronations and diplomatic and other official meetings. The present building was constructed in 1917 and inaugurated by King Sisowath in 1919. Visiting inside the hall, you will be attracted by the thrones and the beautiful ceiling frescoes of the Reamker.
Many constructions of the Royal Palace were built based on combination of Khmer architecture and European features. Especially, Napoleon III pavilion shipped and reassembled in Cambodia was a gift of the French Empress Eugenie in the early 20th century. It is used for special regal occasions including Royal births, deaths or wedding.
Besides, built in 1912, Phochani Pavilion was constructed as a classical dance theater. It is currently used for Royal receptions and meetings.
Along with numerous other interesting buildings within the 183,135 square meters compound is The Khemarin Palace, also called as "Palace of the Khmer King." This is officially the residence of His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni.


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