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Silver Pagoda ( Wat Preah Keo), (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Cambodia
1

Rank in Phnom Penh

3

Rank in Cambodia

28

Rank in Asia

153

World Rank

Phnom Penh

Oknha Chhun St. (240), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours

Entrance Fee
Yes

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Wait Time

Nil

Weather
Mostly cloudy 26.1℃

About Silver Pagoda ( Wat Preah Keo), (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Want a perfect get away from the busy streets of Cambodia's capital, want to see the best of the national treasures including many gold and jeweled Buddha statues, visit the Silver Pagoda with its beautiful garden, situated next to the Royal Palace. 

The name “Silver Pagoda”, so precise as silver tiles cover the floor. A mention of Silver Pagoda conceptualizes bejewelled objects symbolizing some of the brilliance and richness of Khmer civilization.  In order of conserve Cambodia’s cultural riches and show it to the outside world, Khmer Rouge had the Pagoda preserved. Due to Vietnamese invasion, more than half of the Pagoda’s riches were lost, stolen or destroyed. 

Despite the destruction, primary Buddha statue made of emerald or baccarat crystal, other Buddha golden life-sized statue that is Maitreya or Buddha of the Future, Phnom Mondap, an artificial hill with a pavilion at its top housing a stylised Buddha footprint in bronze, eye-catching bronze statue of the late King Norodom on horseback, several stupas called Buddhist shrines can be seen and thus makes a visitor think, “whoopee this is definitely worth a visit.” 

 
How To Reach

Taxi from Phnom Penh to Silver Pagoda takes about  5-7 minutes and one way fare ranges from 14836 Cambodian riel to 18260 Cambodian riel. The distance to be travelled is about 2.2 kms.
Walking from Phnom Penh to Silver Pagoda will take around 31 minutes. Walking distance to be covered is around 2.6 kms.

Tips
  • Photos are allowed in most areas of the palace complex that is open to the public at a fee, but photos are not allowed inside the Silver Pagoda.
  • Remember as the palace still remains the official royal residence, the areas devoted to royal living are closed to visitors. So do not enter into those restricted areas.
  • With one ticket costing 10 USD, you can visit both the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
  • As it is a royal palace, decorum is needed, do maintain the peace inside.
  • While entering the Silver pagoda, remove your shoes before entering the main structure with statues of Buddhas.
  • You can enter the Silver pagoda that is connected with Royal Palace through a small door and there is no separate entry or entry ticket.
  • You can also enrter from the Royal Palace complex through Silver Pagoda.
  • Do carry water and snacks, you can have them, in the shadows of the palace’s Moonlight Pavilion and feed the birds too.
Must See
  • Buddha statue that is made of emerald or baccarat crystal.
  • Golden life-sized Buddha Maitreya (Buddha of the future).
  • Phnom Mondap that is an artificial hill with a pavilion at its top.
  • Bronze statue of the late King Norodom on horseback. 
  • Buddhist shrines.
Visit Time

Sunday:              7.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Monday:             7.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Tuesday:            7.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Wednesday:       7.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Thursday:           7.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Friday:                7.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Saturday:           7.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. & 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

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  • Archaeology

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