Sothearos Blvd (riverfront) between Streets 240 & 184 Phnom Penh
Built in 1866 when the capital moved from Oudong, the Royal Palace stands against the riverfront skyline. It is a venue for court ceremony and a symbol of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The glistening tiled roof brings a serene beauty to the city and the most notable objects include a small 17th century baccarat crystal "emerald" Buddha and a near-life-size Maitreya Buddha, which is encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and dressed in royal regalia.
The Royal Palace, one of the city's must-see attractions, is situated close to the river across an open public space. An elegant complex of buildings serving as the royal residence, this is the home of the "Silver Pagoda", so named for its silver tiled floor.
(Sothearos Blvd (riverfront) between Streets 240 & 184 - Admission: $6.25. Open everyday, 7:30-11am / 2-5pm).