Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Touristy snaps

The Throne Hall in all its glory on Sunday morning, the best time to photograph it
Although football is taking a front seat at the moment on my blog, I haven't forgotten my visit to the Royal Palace on Sunday morning. Here are some of the normal touristy photos you too would snap if you were visiting the Palace, which was originally built in 1866 though many of the buildings have been added over the years including the Throne Hall (or Preah Tineang Tevea Vinichhay) which was constructed in 1917. Photography inside the Throne Hall and the adjoining Silver Pagoda are not allowed.
A front view of the Throne Hall. I don't think the red carpet was especially for me!
The 4 faces on the tallest spire of the Throne Hall
A peek over the wall and inside the King's private quarters which are behind the Throne Hall
The well-maintained gardens leading to the Chanchhaya Pavilion, that fronts onto the riverside. It was built in 1917 and was fomerly used for classical dance performances.
The unusual iron built Napoleon III Pavilion, which was presented to Cambodia in 1876 by the French Emperor and is closed for renovation



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