THE ROYAL PALACE
The official residence of the current king, the Royal Palace is a royal compound with classic Khmer architectural features and towering spires, gilded halls and elegant golden nagas.
Wrapped in a charming terracotta traditional building, the museum is home to ancient Khmer art, including stone sculptures, artifacts and statuary.
The name is a symbol of Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom is set atop a 27-meter-high tree-covered hill at the northeastern side of the city.
Once known as the “Pearl of Asia,” Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh is home to the country’s cultural, economic and political activity. Rosewood Phnom Penh is located in the heart of the central business district of this colorful and dynamic city, connecting guests to the vibrancy of Phnom Penh. It is the ideal location to explore the capital’s historic sights, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Central Market and Independence Monument.
November to February in the dry season is the best time to visit. Average temperatures drop to a cooler 24-26 °C (75.2 to 78.8 ºF) compared with the 35 °C (95 ºF) average of the hottest months from March to June.
The National Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of Khmer art in the world that includes artifacts spanning prehistoric times to the well-known Khmer Empire that stretched across present-day Thailand, Cambodia and southern Vietnam. The building itself is a beautiful architectural element in its own right with its large airy hallways looking into a courtyard of fountains. It was designed by a French gentleman, whose statue sits on the grounds as homage and is believed to have used and interpreted ancient bas-reliefs to create a style that is today known as traditional Khmer architecture. On display are ceramics, bronzes, sculptures and ethnographic objects along with an area with short films on Cambodia on display. Years of political upheaval landed some of the country’s precious remaining artifacts in the black market and were just recently returned and now on display.
Street 178 became known as “Art Street” since many local sculptors and painters created their work on this road after the war. Today, many local sculpture shops and art galleries line this street, which is near the National Museum and the Royal University of Fine Arts.
Named after a young Cambodian woman murdered by the Khmer Rouge, the Bophana Center is dedicated to restoring, protecting and enhancing the Cambodian audiovisual heritage. Founded by international-award-winning film director Rithy Phan, the Bophana Center organizes free screenings of classic Cambodia and foreign independent films on a weekly basis.