The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh serves as the Royal Residence for the King of Cambodia. It also doubles as a tourist attraction, so as a foreigner you are able to pay some cash and get in and check things out.
I opted out of paying for a tour guide, because I knew Kaitlin would do a better job =) (She’s practically Khmer) She did an excellent job of explaining the meanings and symbolism for all the different areas we came across.
The best way to describe the Palace would be a compound. It is a series or complex of buildings, pagodas, and statues that are surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens.
The place is beautiful. It was so cool to look around, and see/feel the amount of artistic value and talent was put into every inch of the grounds. All the colors, patterns, and designs are so fun.
That was my favorite thing about the palace. The craftsmanship that must have gone into every little aspect of bringing it to life. All the different areas were covered in detail and filled with religious/symbolic value.
With a city that is struggling it brings mixed emotions to see a location as this that is so well kept. But at all the different temples around the city, you see locals and tourists alike coming to pay their respects, by lighting their incense and doing their prayer/meditation. It is cool to see first hand people, that are without a doubt struggling, but still hold onto their spirituality.
P.S. Who doesn’t love a place that has Monkeys running around =)