The Silver Pagoda is located within the Phnom Penh Royal Palace grounds in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The pagoda was built between 1892 and 1902 during the rule of King Norodom in the Cambodian architectural style.
The pagoda is where the King worshiped, prayed and practiced his Buddhist faith. The pagoda is unique because it has no resident monks but monks from other pagodas were invited to attend when the King celebrated Buddhist ceremonies.
While the pagoda is part of the royal palace it is isolated by a wall surrounding the pagoda and several other monuments.
Wat Preah Keo Morakot
The main building within the walled complex is the actual pagoda known as Wat Preah Keo Morakot. This building houses all of the religious artifacts and the floor is covered in 5 tons of silver which is why the pagoda is known as the Silver Pagoda. Sorry but there is no photography allowed inside the pagoda.
Phnom Mondop is a small hill that is covered in rain forest vegetation topped with a shrine that contains 108 images of Buddha. The hill symbolizes Mount Kailas (a sacred mountain to Hindus and Buddhists)
In addition to the religious buildings the Silver Pagoda grounds are dotted with memorials and stupas honoring former rulers and their family members. Some of these are shown below.
Stupa of Princess Kantha Bopha
Stupa of King Ang Doung
Stupa of HM King Suramarit and HM Queen Kossomak
Statue of HM King Norodom
Exterior Wall Art
The exterior wall around the Silver Pagoda complex has a covered walkway inside the complex with a painted mural of a Cambodian poem that shows the balance of good and evil in the world. Some of these paintings are shown in the following photos.
Angkor Wat Model
An unexpected monument in the grounds was a scaled stone model of Angkor Wat. After having just seen the real Angkor Wat complex it was interesting to see a bird’s eye view of the complex because it was so big in real life that it was hard to see how it all fit together