Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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The Royal Palace of Cambodia (Khmer: αž–αŸ’αžšαŸ‡αž”αžšαž˜αžšαžΆαž‡αžœαžΆαŸ†αž„) is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. Its full name in Khmer is the Preah Barom Reacheaveang Chaktomuk Serey Mongkol (Khmer: αž–αŸ’αžšαŸ‡αž”αžšαž˜αžšαžΆαž‡αžœαžΆαŸ†αž„αž…αžαž»αž˜αž»αžαžŸαž·αžšαžΈαž˜αž„αŸ’αž‚αž›).The Cambodian monarchs have occupied it since it was built in the 1860s, with a period of absence when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.

The palace was constructed between 1866 and 1870, after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. It was built atop an old citadel called Banteay Keo. It faces approximately East and is situated at the Western bank of the cross division of the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River called Chaktomuk (an allusion to Brahma).

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