Cambodia's Royal Palace to reopen for tourists from December

by IANS |

Phnom Penh, Nov 18 (IANS) The Royal Palace, the most popular tourist spot in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, will reopen to the public from December 1 after a closure for more than two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"National and international tourists will be allowed to visit the Royal Palace from December 1 onwards," Royal Palace Minister Kong Sam Ol said in a letter released to the media on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the towering spires of the buildings at the Royal Palace are a great example of classic Khmer architecture found in Cambodia.

Tourists are welcome to visit the Throne Hall (Preah Tineang Tevea Vinichhay), where coronations and official ceremonies take place, the ministry said.

The gardens are beautifully manicured, and buildings on the palace grounds include the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Preah Keo Morakot), Stupas, the Royal Dining Hall, the Chan Chhaya Pavilion and a French building that was a gift from Napoleon III, the Ministry added.

Among the numerous interesting buildings, within the 183,135-square-meter compound is the Khemarin Palace, or the "Palace of the Khmer King", which is the official residence of current King Norodom Sihamoni, it said, adding that the Khemarin Palace is in a protected part of the compound and not opened to the public.

The number of international tourists to Cambodia has increased at a faster-than-expected pace, prompting the kingdom to lift its target to 2 million tourists for 2022, up from earlier forecast of 1 million, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said.

"Cambodia's full reopening of its borders to all travellers, high Covid-19 vaccination rates and tourism development strategies are key to attracting tourists to the kingdom," Khon told Xinhua.

Latest News
25 students take ill due to stale food in Andhra school Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:53 PM
Cop, his friend molest woman in Delhi Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:53 PM
Aaftab to be produced in court today, police likely to seek extension of his custody Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:52 PM
Centre led by PM Modi involved in K'taka voters'ID scam: Cong Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:51 PM
Ex-Cong MLA booked for abusing, manhandling Delhi Police cop Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:47 PM
MCD Polls: Nadda launches scathing attack on AAP Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:46 PM
K'taka to set up help centres at all PU science colleges Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:30 PM
Bengali little magazines get their first organised platform Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:29 PM
K'taka AAP unit to celebrate party's Foundation Day on Nov 26 Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:29 PM
Bihar Shocker: Man's tongue cut off after murder Sat, Nov 26, 2022, 12:28 PM
PM to participate in Constitution Day celebrations at SC Fri, Nov 25, 2022, 04:33 PM
IND v NZ, 1st ODI: Latham took the game away from us in the 40th over, admits Dhawan Fri, Nov 25, 2022, 04:32 PM
WhatsApp working on voice status updates on iOS beta Fri, Nov 25, 2022, 04:31 PM
Karnataka temple management seeks security after threat from Islamic outfit Fri, Nov 25, 2022, 04:30 PM
VMware posts $3.2 bn in revenue in Q3 amid acquisition by Broadcom Fri, Nov 25, 2022, 04:05 PM