Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo)
A Buddhist temple within the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, the Silver Pagoda is an impressive sight. The details are remarkable and signage is limited, so visit with a guide to learn about the crystal Buddha image, Italian marble staircase, silver tile work, and other precious artwork. You don’t need to purchase a second ticket to access the Silver Pagoda, which is included in admission to the Royal Palace.
Things to know before you go
- While the Silver Pagoda is a top site for many visitors to Phnom Penh, it’s a must for art and architecture buffs.
- At the Silver Pagoda and other Royal Palace sites, modest dress is required for all visitors; that means long-sleeve shirts and covering your knees.
- Since visitors must remove their shoes before entering the temple, consider footwear that’s easy to slip on and off.
How to get there
Just a few steps from Sisowath Quay, the Royal Palace complex and the Silver Pagoda are within walking distance from many hotels and key sites in Phnom Penh. If you’re coming from farther afield, the most environmentally friendly option is a cyclo, or bicycle rickshaw, which are most often used when traveling short distances. Alternatives include motorcycle-powered tuk-tuks and enclosed taxis. However you come, be sure to negotiate the price before departure.
When to get there
The Royal Palace complex, including the Silver Pagoda, is open from 7:30am to 11am and 2pm to 5pm every day. Since the east-facing palace complex catches great light in the mornings, that’s the best time for photography. Visiting when the Silver Pagoda first opens is also a good strategy for avoiding crowds and steamy afternoon temperatures.
Tips on Visiting Buddhist Temples in Cambodia—including the Silver Pagoda
Like many sites in Cambodia, the Silver Pagoda is both a tourist attraction and a place of worship. Outsiders are welcomed here, and keeping a few etiquette rules in mind helps ensure a respectful visit. Start with the dress: In addition to wearing modest clothing, you likely need to remove your shoes before entering a temple. If you’re handing something to a monk, use only your right hand; women should refrain from touching monks entirely. While you’ll pay an entrance fee to access the Royal Palace, many temples are free to enter. All welcome donations from visitors.
- Royal Palace
- National Museum of Cambodia
- Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument
- Wat Ounalom
- Phnom Penh Independence Monument
- Kandal Market (Phsar Kandal)
- Sisowath Quay
- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)
- Phnom Penh Central Market (Phsar Thmey)
- Phnom Penh Russian Market (Toul Tom Poung Market)
- Wat Phnom
- Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (Choeung Ek Killing Fields)
- Silk Island (Koh Dach)
- Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)