Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A last look

This French-colonial inspired exhibit can be found in the costume museum in the annex. The main figure is King Sisowath I believe but if you know more, please tell me.
I will conclude the posts from my recent visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, with a few snaps from the grounds of the latter. I have already covered the Silver Pagoda itself and the wall frescoes in some detail. Now for some of the other sights to be found. The main building to visit is of course the Silver Pagoda itself, with its silver tiles, countless statues and cultural treasures. No pictures inside and take your shoes off. Surrounding it are a number of stupas in memory of members of the royal family, other shrines, a small hill called Phnom Mondop and a collection of small museums and exhibitions in the courtyard that runs along Street 240.
Two of the royal stupas, closest is that of King Ang Duong, farthest away is his son, King Norodom
A model of Angkor Wat, that sits behind the Silver Pagoda building
An equestrian statue of King Norodom, completed in 1875 and unveiled in 1892. Believed to have actually began life as a statue of French Emperor Napoleon III.
This giant footprint of Buddha can be found in Keong Preah Bath, a shrine which contains other footprints and statues
Here's a few of the other statues to be found in the Keong Preah Bath shrine
There are at least two Neak Ta inhabiting small shrines cut into the sacred small hill of Phnom Mondop
This is the Banteay Srei-inspired stupa of Princess Kantha Bopha who passed away in 1952 at the tender age of four
These are the statues and wall panel at the rear of the Dhammasala, which monks use on special occasionsA silver-plated exhibit you can see in the White Elephant hall, which houses items used in the coronation



Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the Angkor Wat model on display at the Royal Palace more impressive than that of Wat Phra Keo in Bangkok? - Chan

November 20, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Chan, good question. I don't honestly know. its been 15 years since I saw the Angkor Wat on display in Bangkok.
But as its at the Cambodian Royal Palace, of course it must be more impressive, right?

November 22, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe the main figure is of king Monivong another one of the Sisowaths. Its his signature haircut.

December 17, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Steve Boswell said...

Concerning King Norodom's equestrian statue, do you have any contemporary documentation stating that the horse (and the body) was originally made for Napoleon III? Any info on how it ended up in PP? And from what I understand, it was inaugurated in 1876, not 1892.
Steve Boswell

February 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Steve, as my comment suggests: An equestrian statue of King Norodom, completed in 1875 and unveiled in 1892. Believed to have actually began life as a statue of French Emperor Napoleon III.
I don't have any documentation aside from this which I gleaned from a history book of the Royal Palace. The Palace would be your best bet to find out more detailed information about this.

February 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM  

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