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The national museum of Cambodia

The National Museum of Cambodia (opposite the Royal Palace). Contains an excellent collection of art from Cambodia's "golden age" of Angkor, and a lovely courtyard at the center. A main attraction is the statue of King Jayavarman VII (1181-1219) in mediation pose; other exhibits worth seeing include graceful statues of Hindu gods, ancient stelae (tablets) inscribed in Sanskrit and Old Khmer, and artefacts from a prehistoric burial site.

Unfortunately, no photos may be taken inside the museum, although photography is allowed in the central courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard is the original statue of the "Leper King" (actually Yama, the Hindu god of death) from the Terrace of the Leper King in Angkor Archaeological Park. The pleasant little park in front of the Museum is the site of the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony, at which the success or otherwise of the coming harvest is determined. You may have heard stories of sightseers carrying umbrellas inside to avoid showers of bat droppings, but the bats moved out after the renovation of 2002.

Notes:

Address: Street 13, Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Location: located on Street 13 in central Phnom Penh, next to the Royal Palace. The visitor’s entrance to the compound and the admissions ticket booth are at the corner of Streets 13 and 178.It normally take over an hour to visit it.
Entrance fee: $5 for foreign visitors, 500 riels for Cambodians. Children and school groups are free.
Open time: 8AM-5PM daily, last admission 4:30PM.

Trip Advisory:

+ Photography is not permitted within the museum galleries, but visitors are welcome to film or photograph the museum exterior and courtyard. Those wishing to obtain images of the museum or collection for study or Publications should email the museum to request an application form or contact a staff member.

+ Smoking is not permitted inside the museum.

+ The Museum store is located at the main entrance. Postcards, souvenirs, replica sculptures and books on a variety of art and culture topics are available.

+ Donations to the museum are greatly appreciated and contribute to operating costs, programs to protect Cambodian heritage and museum maintenance. Donation boxes are located near the main entrance, or contact a member of staff.

 

Highlights:

Located just north of the Royal Palace, the National Museum of Cambodia is housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional design (built 1917–20), with an inviting courtyard garden. The museum is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture – a millennium’s worth and more of masterful Khmer design.

The museum comprises four pavilions, facing the pretty garden. Most visitors start left and continue in a clockwise, chronological direction. The first significant sculpture to greet visitors is a large fragment – including the relatively intact head, shoulders and two arms – of an immense bronze reclining Vishnu statue recovered from the Western Mebon temple near Angkor Wat in 1936.

To deeply understand, please feel free to arrange yourself a tour guide. Please contact with museum staff at the museum entrance. Tours are available in Khmer, English, French and Japanese. A one hour group tour costs $3.