Wat Preah Keo, which means ‘The Temple of the Emerald Buddha’, constantly being referred as the Silver Pagoda after solid silver floor tiles adorn the temple building. The Silver Pagoda sits next to the Royal Palace and is separated by a walled walkway.
The pagoda compound consists of
- Wat Preah Keo also was known as the Silver Pagoda or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Its floor is covered with 5329 silver tiles, and each tile is handcrafted and weighs 1.125kg. The primary Buddha is reported to be made of emerald or baccarat crystal.
- Dhammasala, used for Buddhist monks to recite texts and also as a royal reception area.
- Keong Preah Bath contains a giant Buddha footprint.
- Phnom Mondop is a small artificial hill symbolizing Mount Kailassa, topped by a shrine containing a large Buddha footprint. The shrine is adorned with 108 Buddha images symbolizing the 108 past lives of Buddha.
- Statue of HM King Norodom added by King Sihanouk in 1953 to honor King Norodom in light of Cambodia’s new independence
- Stupa of HM King Ang Doung, containing the ashes of the King Ang Doung (1845-1860), founder of the current dynasty and the great-great-great-grandfather to current King Sihamoni
- Stupa of HM King Norodom, containing the ashes of the King Norodom (1834-1904)
- Stupa of HM King Suramarit and HM Queen Kossomak, containing the ashes of the father and mother of former King Sihanouk, grandfather, and grandmother to current King Sihamoni.
- Stupa of Princess Kantha Bopha and HM King Father of Independence Sihanouk, the memorial sanctuary of the beloved daughter of the former King Sihanouk. Princess Kantha Bopha passed in 1952 at the age of four, succumbing to leukemia. Upon the request of HM King Sihanouk his ashes were interred in the stupa alongside with Princess Kantha Bopha
- Model of Angkor Wat
Opening Hours: 7:30am-11:00pm; 2:00pm-5:00 pm
Entry Fees: US$6.25 per adult or 25,000 Riel, Guided tour would be US$10 more.
Dress Code: Dress appropriately (no bare legs or shoulders), but you can rent sarongs and oversized T-shirts for a token 1000 riel (plus US$1 deposit) at the palace entrance.