Tourist Sites

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Sen River in Kampong Thom Province

This picture is Sen River which was taken from the building of Trai Lok Trai Leak pagoda. Sen River is the largest river (steng) in Cambodia (about 300km long). It originates from Dorng Rek mountain range in Preah Vihear Province, and lies within Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom, finally it flows into Tonle Sap Lake.

Steng Sen is an important river for people living along it. It contains big amount of water from Tonle Sap Lake in rainy season and still can supplies until the dry season. Moreover, Steng Sen is home of many kinds of freshwater fish and migratory birds in Cambodia.
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Sambo PreyKuk Temple

Sambo PreyKuk temple is one of a cultural and historical sites in Kampong Thom province. It located in Sambo district, about 35 km north of the provincial. Because of the ages of the temple and its special architectures, Sambo PreyKuk Temple is preparing to be listed as world heritages site in Cambodia.


Sambo PreyKuk was the capital city of Chenla Period (Pre-Angkorian) called Isanapurak or Ey San Borak during the reign of King Isanavarman I (616-635 AD).This is also one of the reason which this temple will be listed as world heritage.
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The National Museum of Cambodia

The National Museum of Cambodia is a treasure house of Khmer culture which displays the world’s largest collection of Khmer cultural materials including sculpture, ceramics and ethnographic objects from the prehistoric, Pre-Angkorian, Angkorian, and Post-Angkorian periods.

The National Museum of Cambodia was first built in 1917 as the master plan of French architect George Groslier. The museum was inaugurated on 13 April 1920, on the Khmer new year day, in the presence of H.M King Sisovath.

The museum was constructed from the four pieces of courtyards, facing to the opening space at the middle. At the east courtyard, displays Post-Angkorian Buddha statues and many other objects made of bronze. At the north side, displays statues made of laterite dating from 6th to 9th century of Bapuon style. At the west displays statues of Angkor and Bayon style. And at the south, displays ceramic objects.

Garuda, Mythical Bird-Man. Made of sand stone, Koh Ker style, 2nd half of 10th Century. Taken from Prasat Thom, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear Province.

The main activities of the National Museum of Cambodia is not only exhibiting, but also safeguarding and promoting understanding of Cambodia’s cultural and artistic treasures. Currently, there are about 1877 works of art on display. And about 12,320 items are in storage.

Information for Visitor to the Museum

The National Museum of Cambodia is located on the street 13, next to the Royal Palace. With its warm red color, the building is instantly recognizable from the Sothearos Blvd. too. The ticket booth is at the corner of St. 13 and St. 178 (St. 178 is also so called as the street of Artists).

* Opening hours : 8am – 5pm daily

* Ticket price: USD$3 for foreign visitors. 500 Riels for Cambodians. Children and students are free of charge.

* Tour Guide is available in Khmer, English, French and Japanese. Cost USD$3/hour.

* Photography is allowed only at the museum exterior and courtyard.

* Post-cards, souvenirs, replica sculptures and books about art and culture are available at the main entrance store.

Some Pictures within the complex of the Museum of Phnom Penh

The replica of the monkey-headed guardian of Banteay Srei Temple

The replica of the monkey-headed guardian of Banteay Srei Temple in Siem Reap

The replica of Uma, Shiva's Consort

The replica of Uma, Shiva's Consort

Lord Shiva in the form of a hermit

Lord Shiva in the form of a hermit

Buddhist Devotee holding religious text

Buddhist Devotee holding religious text, made of sandstone from Preah Khan Temple Kampong Svay, dated to the late 13th century

Inner garden of the museum of Phnom Penh

The inner garden, the figure at the middle is Yama, God of Judgement

Museum of Phnom Penh Cambodia

Back garden of National Museum of Phnom Penh

Views Along The Walking Way to The Throne Hall

After the main gate to get into the Royal Palace, visitors must walk a short distance before arriving the Ticket Booth. Though, visitors don’t have to wait until they arrive any specific pavilion of the Royal Palace, they can always start to entertain the views along the way by taking photos as much as they like.
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Main Entrance of Phnom Daun Penh

This is the eastern main stair case leading to the temple (the shrine) with seven headed Naga balustrade. At the middle of the stair case there are two human guardian called Dvarapala, hands holding a mace. Next, there are two more lion guardians. At the end of the stair, we would see a wall with sculpture about the war events between Khmer and Champa. This scene was adapted from the sculpture at Bayon Temple. Continue reading

Phnom Daun Penh

Phnom Daun Penh or Wat Phnom is currently a historical tourism site. This place is the highest point in the area at about 27 meters above sea level. It’s treated as the center of Phnom Penh capital, which all the nation roads are started to measure from here.
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Other Remarkable Constructs Within Silver Pagoda Complex

Statue of His Majesty King Norodom

This statue was a gift from Napoleon III, the emperor of France, to King Norodom in 1875. It was placed in the Silver pagoda in 1892. The canopy was added later by His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk in 1953, when Cambodia obtained independence from France.




Statue of His Majesty King Norodom – Royal Palace – Silver Pagoda. Taken on 25th Feb 2011

Library or Hor Preah Trai

Preah Ko – Silver Pagoda – Royal Palace. Taken 20th Feb 2011

Located at the right side of the Silver Pagoda, is a small library houses Tipitaka, the sacred Buddhist texts which we called Preah Trai Beydok in Khmer. And inside, there is a statue of Preah Ko or Nandi, a sacred bull. The statue was found in Koh Thom, Kandal province in 1983. It made of metals, which 80% silver estimated. The local visitors would wanting to touch the status, to feel how cold metals is.

The back door of the Library

Koeng Preah Bat

Koeng Preah Bat

Koeng Preah Bat is located in the front right of the Silver pagoda, in which where the footprint of the first four Buddha’s are kept. The footprint were erected under the reign of His Majesty King Norodom.

Buddha Statues Displaying in Koeng Preah Bat

Buddha Footprint in Koeng Preah Bat

Phnom Mondapa

Phnom Mondapa – Royal Palace – Silver Pagoda. Taken from the balcony of the Silver Pagoda on 20th Feb 2011

A small artificial hill located at the right side of the Silver Pagoda, symbolized Mount Kailasa. On top of the hill built a shrine, inside there is a large Buddha footprint with 108 small effigies representing 108 past lives of Buddha before obtaining enlightenment.

Stupa of His Majesty Soramrith

Stupa of His Majesty King Soramrith

There are several stupas within the whole complex of Silver pagoda. This picture is the stupa of His Majesty Soramrith, the King Father of His Majesty Norodom Sihanuk. Inside the stupa is containing the cremains of His Majesty Soramrith. Built in 1960.

There are two big stupas were built on the both side of the Statue of His Majesty Norodom. At the right one is the stupa of His Majesty Ang Duong. At the left one is the stupa of His Majesty Norodom, the Great Grand Father of King Norodom Sihanuk. This two stupas were built in 1908.

Stupas of His Majesty Norodom (the behind) and His Majesty Ang Duong (the front)

The Bell Hall

The Bell Hall – Silver Pagoda

This is the bell hall located at the west of Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot or Silver pagoda. It’s used to note the opening and closing of the pagoda in various ceremonies. When there were monks classes studying Pali language in this pagoda, the bell is used as a sign to on and off classes.

Fresco Murals

The Gallery of Silver Pagoda compound wall far view

The Silver Pagoda is surrounded by 642 meters long and 3 meters height compound wall. The walls are special. Because they are not just walls to protect the location, but they are attracted by murals depicting a completed story of Ramayana. The murals were painted in 1903. Currently, some part of the murals are deteriorated, but it doesn’t lose the unique beauty.

The starting point of the story is at the north of the entrance door. The visitors must walk along the wall to see the entire story.

The gallery of this compound wall was once used as classes for monks in Phnom Penh and other provinces to study Pali language. Because that time there was no Pali school opened.

A battle scene of Khmer Ramyana

Wood Columns

Wood Column used to be used for the first built of Silver Pagoda

These are wood columns laid in brick columns supporting roofs of entrance porch to Silver Pagoda, which are aged over 100 years.

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