The Silver Pagoda lies within the Royal Palace. It is one of the most important sight in Phnom Penh.

Introduction

With a prosperous Buddhism, countries in the Southeast Asia homes to a great number of extravagant pagodas, which is the symbol of the great worship of the people. If Myanmar has the Golden Rock and the Shwedagon, Cambodia has its own Silver Pagoda. Silver Pagoda is located near to the Royal Palace in the capital city of Phnom Penh. It is usually called Wat Preah Keo in Khmer which means the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is also named Emerald Buddha because it has the silver-covered flour. The quantity of silver used to fill the floor is estimated to be around 5 tons. It is a striking number but you should prepare yourself because this luxury is just from the floor alone. The construction of Silver Pagoda started under the reign of King Norodom in 1892. Back then, it was just a wooden construction which was inspired by the Wat Phra Kaew from the neighbor country – Thailand. The new Silver Pagoda, the one that we see today was renovated in 1962. The national treasure It must the number one treasure of Cambodia with all means of the word. Silver Pagoda doesn’t process an important spiritual meaning, but also literally means the treasure of this country. A small emerald Buddha statue is the central of the worshiping place. The luxury is extended by a 90-kilogram golden Maitreya Buddha statue which is decorated with 9584 diamonds; the largest of which is 25 carats. The silver floor is comprised by over 5,000 silver tiles but only a part of those is visible at the entrance of the pagoda. Italian marble re used to make the outside staircase. The central hall is dazzlingly glamorous with all the glowing details. Today, Silver Pagoda is where many of the royal and national ceremonies are taking place at. If you take interest in exploring the Buddhism and temples of Cambodia, you can look this tour up. It will cover the most important part of Phnom Penh's tourist attractions.