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The silver pagoda

The Silver Pagoda is located on the south side of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. Formerly, it was known as Wat Ubosoth Ratanaram. The temple's official name is Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot means "Temple of the Emerald Buddha" which is commonly shortened to Wat Preah Keo in Khmer.

The vihara houses many national treasures including gold and jeweled Buddha statues. Most notable is a small 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha (the "Emerald Buddha" of Cambodia) and a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats. It was created in the palace workshops during 1906 and 1907, the gold Buddha weighs in at 90kg and is dressed in royal regalia commissioned by King Sisowath. During King Norodom Sihanouk's pre-Khmer Rouge reign, the Silver Pagoda was inlaid with more than 5,000 silver tiles and some of its outer facade was remodeled with Italian marble. However, only a small area of these tiles are available to be viewed by the public on entering the pagoda. It is a notable wat (Buddhist temple) in Phnom Penh and the official temple of the King of Cambodia.


Address: Samdech Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Location: 15 Km from Phnom Penh city center.
Entrance fee: $2.00/person.
Open time: 07:30-11:00 & 14:30-17:00.

Removing your shoes and stepping inside . You are immediately wowed! The floors are covered with 5000 silver tiles each weighing over a kilo and glittering gold and diamond statues everywhere. Granted most of the silver floors are covered .There is a section near the entrance on display , so we get the idea. One Golden Buddha weighs 90kg and has over 2000 diamonds. You will be surprised as you don't see heavier security.