The Royal Palace

A harmony of Khmer architecture and exquisite French style.

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is a historical landmark. Serving as the official residence of the Cambodian King, it’s known as the Preah Barom Reacheaveang Chaktomuk Serey Mongkol in Khmer. This grand palace houses the famous Silver Pagoda. A place where you can admire the resplendent Maitreya Buddha, adorned with regal attire and glistening diamonds. Nestled along the riverside in Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace is a top attraction in the city.


Rich History of the Royal Palace

History of the Royal Palace

Built between 1866 and 1870 during King Norodom’s reign. The palace marked a crucial shift of the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. Perched atop the ancient citadel, Banteay Keo. The palace faces east. , It is strategically located at the union of the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River. Therefore, rightly named Chaktomouk as it symbolizes the divine Brahma.

This historical milestone in 1866 is relatively recent in Cambodia’s history. With the royal seat moving from Angkor to various locations. From Basan, Longvek, and Oudong. Then finally, Phnom Penh.


Must-See things inside the Royal Palace

Silver Pagoda

The Novotel Phnom Penh BKK 1, is conveniently situated in the city centre. And it offers easy access to the Royal Palace. Just a 15-minute trip and around 2kms. As you make your way to the Royal Palace, you will pass by iconic landmarks. Stop by Wat Langka and the Independence Monument. As well as the Bronze Sihanouk Statue, and Wat Ounalom Monastery. The Royal Palace is not only a symbol of grandeur. But it also serves as the official residence of King Sihamoni.

King Norodom initially resided in a temporary wooden palace just north of Wat Ounalom while the grand palace was under construction. The palace complex was a marvel, housing various structures. The most famous being the throne hall, the king’s private villas. As well as a set of open-sided pavilions known as the salle de danse. Also known as the Hall of Dances. There was also a banquet hall and the Napoleon Pavilion. A few steps away, the grand Silver Pagoda shone. Norodom’s palace was later broken down and meticulously rebuilt by his successor. Who was his half-brother King Sisowath, This was between 1912 and 1919.

The Throne Hall, the heart of royal activities, once witnessed the king’s confidants, generals, and officials carrying out their noble duties. Today, it continues to host religious and royal ceremonies, such as coronations and weddings. It serves as a meeting place for distinguished guests of the King. Inside the Throne Hall, you’ll find three royal thrones. One with Western influence. And, two in traditional Khmer style. Along with golden busts representing Cambodian monarchs from the reign of King Ang Doung onward.

The public eastern courtyard of the modern palace includes key elements like the Throne Hall. This is where kings are crowned and foreign ambassadors are received. The Napoleon Pavilion is now a museum. The Phochani Pavilion is a banqueting hall. And, the Chan Chhaya or Moonlight Pavilion is used for state banquets and dance performances. While the Damnak Chan is behind the Napoleon Pavilion, an administrative hub.


Best Hotel near Royal Palace

Best Hotel near Royal Palace

In bustling Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace stands as an oasis of tranquility. A monument allowing guests to delve into Cambodia’s rich history. While offering moments of meditation and gratitude. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a cultural explorer, or a traveler seeking beauty and insight. The Royal Palace is a must-visit destination. And, it promises an unforgettable experience.

Visitors to the Royal Palace can also explore additional attractions, including boat cruises, the National Museum, the Sosoro Museum, and Wat Ounalom Monastery. After taking in the riverside ambiance, it’s the perfect time to return to Novotel. Take time to recharge your body and mind at Bodia Spa. Take a dip in our outdoor swimming pool. Or even unwind in our serene relaxation area. Makila Restaurant and Kaixo Bar are always ready to extend a warm welcome with your favorite food and drinks. At Novotel Phnom Penh BKK 1, it’s all about your time, your way.