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Things To See in Cambodia

Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Since King Norodom is still in residence at Phnom Penh’s royal palace, it is rarely open to the public. However you can go and see the Silver Pagoda and some of the surrounding ceremonial buildings. You can even get guides to walk you around the Silver Pagoda while explaining its history and origins. The Silver Pagoda got its name because it’s floor is covered with in excess of 5,000 silver tiles weighing 1 kilogram each. The interior is decorated in many priceless jewels and gold, and really is a sight to behold. This is one thing not to be missed.

Tuol Sleng Museum
This museum was originally a high school in 1960 until it was taken over in 1975 by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a torture and interrogation centre. Most people held at this prison were eventually executed. Evidence has shown that over 17,000 people had been imprisoned there between 1975 and 1978, and out of these 17,000 only 7 are known to have survived. It was converted into a museum in 1979 after the Vietnamese invasion. It now houses photographic records of the victims of this torturous place. A very moving experience.

Angkor Wat
This is without a doubt a must see since its one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Angkor consists of a large group of magnificent temples, approximately 100 in all, which were built from 879–1191AD by the Khmer civilisation. From Angkor the Khmer ruled a vast empire, which stretched from present day Vietnam to Yunan in China. These temples are one of the only surviving remains of this powerful empire. Angkor Wat is the largest temple in the Angkor complex. This temple was built by Suryavaram II in order to honour the Hindu God Vishnu, with whom the king was identified and this was also to be his burial spot. A visit to Angkor Wat is a must, even if just to see the architectural mastery involved.

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