Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh

The Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace, Cambodia

Side view of the Silver Pagoda

The Silver Pagoda is a compound located on the north side of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. It features a royal temple officially called Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot but is commonly referred to as Wat Preah Keo.

Its main building houses many national treasures such as gold and jeweled Buddha statues. Most notable is a small 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha (the "Emerald Buddha" of Cambodia) and a near-life size Maitreya Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds 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 remodelled 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.


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  • Lenzi, Iola (2004). Museums Of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Archipelago Press. p. 200 pages. ISBN 981-4068-96-9. 

Coordinates: 11°33′45″N 104°55′54″E / 11.56254°N 104.93166°E / 11.56254; 104.93166Template:Cambodia-struct-stubkm:វត្តព្រះកែវមរកតvi:Chùa Bạc

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