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Phnom Penh Castle/Palace/Chateau

A walled complex that covers several blocks near the river, the official residence of current King Preah Norodom Sihamoni and former residence of the late King Sihanouk and Queen Monineath Sihanouk, is a 1913 reconstruction of the timber palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. The residential areas of the palace are closed to the public, but within the pagoda-style compound are a number of structures worth visiting. These include Wat Preah Keo Morokat; the Throne Hall, with a tiered roof topped by a 200-foot-tall tower; and a pavilion donated by the Emperor Napoléon III and shipped here from France. Guides can be hired at the entrance for $8.

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Sothearos between Sts. 184 and 240
Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh  Cambodia

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $3, plus $2 for a camera, $5 for a video camera, Daily 7:30–11, 2–5

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