“Once in a while I will witness a majestic place and say my ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ and remember it so well when I am old that once again I will travel through time and reminisce!”
~ Rayts talking to herself (after witnessing something 'majestic')~
Like a true kingdom, every activity in
On our way to the gate of the Royal Palace at around one in the afternoon.
The lone guard in front of the palace.
We finished visiting the
While waiting, we’ve been passed by so many vendors selling hammocks, postcards, food, drinks, etc. Oki even befriended one of the young vendors. Meanwhile, I met two Singaporean women who were also waiting for the palace to open. They came to
The circuitous tale of the tourists and the vendors. "In Cambodia, where there are tourists, there are vendors".
At exactly , the gate of the palace opened and immediately we headed for the queue to get our entrance tickets. We paid $6.50 each (inclusive of camera or video cam). The lady at the booth repeated to me the amount (which was said in thick accent that I didn’t quite understand), she smiled and gave me two brochures about the
The famous Chanchhaya Pavillon. This shot was taken in the morning, thus the beautiful sky. We've passed by this route three times. At night, the place is gorgeous! See previous post.
After passing through the narrow path on our way to the main complex, everything went on smoothly. Inside the brochures are route guides and history of the site. Some of the visitors brought tourist guides with them. Oki and I just went on with the flow of the people (we didn’t even follow the route).
Passing by a narrow path we were met by a bunch of bright yellow chrysanthemum all the way to the main complex. I was astounded by the beauty of the place. “Wow. This palace rocks!” Not only are the architecture amazing, the landscape is like a cutout from coffeetable books. The palace is surrounded by gardens with tropical flowers and plants. Really beautiful. Suddenly, I felt like I was brought into another place.
The first structure we came upon was the Pochani Pavillon. It is an open hall originally constructed as a classical dance theater. The pavilion, built in 1912, is currently used for Royal receptions and meetings. We watched people ascend into its wide and shiny stairs. There were monks everywhere. They suit the place so well especially with their tangerine robes. When we got to the top, we have to leave our slippers to enter.
The Pochani Pavillon with its beautiful garden.
Monks ascending the stairs, going inside the Pochani Pavillon.
At the top you'll find this sign: "Please shoes leave here"
Then there’s the Throne Hall, the primary audience hall of the King, used for coronations and diplomatic and other official meetings. This is said to be the second to be built in the complex. The first was built from wood under King Norodom. The present building was constructed in 1917 and inaugurated by King Sisowath in 1919. I had the nicest time taking photos of this particular structure. To me, it looks like a huge boat with all the flags playing with the wind.
The beautiful and majestic Throne Hall.
Like I said, monks were everywhere. Their robes stood out amongst the crowd and they always look good side by side the palace. Most of the monks we met were really friendly to us and most of them are like us, travelers. They were very kind to take photos with us.
Monks going to the Pochani Pavillon.
Could be them again? This time overlooking the Hor Samrith Phimean (Bronze Palace). This structure was built in 1917 as a repository for the royal regalia and attributes.
One interesting structure is the Napoleon III Pavilion. From afar, it looked so out of place. A European-style doll house amid the grand and distinctly Khmer-style buildings. The pavilion was actually the first permanent structure on the site of the
The out of place, Napoleon III Pavillon.
Chrysanthemums surrounding the Pochani Pavillon.
Damnak Chan at the background with its famous pruned tree.
...up next is the Silver Pagoda (still part of the Royal Palace Complex) :-D