Silver Pagoda (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

The Silver Pagoda also known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is just south of the palace and entrance is included with the same ticket. The floors of this grand temple are covered with 5,000 blocks of silver weighing more than 6 tons. The temple houses a 17th-century Buddha made of Baccarat crystal, and another made almost entirely of gold and decorated with almost 10,000 diamonds. That's not exactly what the Buddha had in mind perhaps, but it's quite beautiful.

The Silver Pagoda complex is enclosed by walls plastered with an extensive mural depicting the classic Indian epic of the Ramayana (known as the Reamker in Cambodia). The temple courtyard is encircled by a covered walkway with a contiguous mural of Cambodia's history and mythology. On the southern end of the complex is a small hill covered in vegetation and said to model the sacred Mount Meru; there's a large Buddha footprint and a small temple that provokes very devout practice in Khmer visitors.

The gardens of the compound in which the Silver Pagoda is located are impressive also, as the Pagoda itself sits proud and haughty amid a selection of uniquely beautiful religious and more functional buildings, all ornately decorated nevertheless, which include shrines, stupas, and galleries. Royal ceremonies are performed in the pagoda, as are sermons delievered by monks.

Open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance fee US$ 10 per person. Camera fee US$2. Video fee US$ 5. Photography is allowed in the outside exhibition areas only. Please remember that exposed knees and shoulders are considered disrespectful.

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Address: Oknha Chhun St. (240), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
More information: +855 10 405 090
Opening hours: 8-11.00am daily & 2-5pm Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun
Entrance fee: US$ 10

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