Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital city—and it is a city of contrasts. While the Cambodians are proud of their glorious past as reflected on their magnificent Grand Royal Palace, what you see on the street is the extreme opposite of the lavish atmosphere inside the compound of the impressive palace itself.
Unlike the Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok which is overly crowded, Cambodia’s version (I’m not sure who copied the architectural design from who—but they have similarities) is spacious and only few tourists were there when I visited it yesterday. It’s well-tended and the lawns are skillfully manicured. I felt the royal feeling in there while probing from one hall to another pagoda. Khmer architecture is unique, imposing and splendid.
On a beautiful, sunny day, like yesterday, the halls were so photogenic that I never got tired of taking photos in different angles. I suspect that the halls were freshly painted, thus, they were rich, vibrant and vivid in colors.
This post is reblogged from my old photoblog.
OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
- Is this the World’s Most Beautiful Open-Air Museum?
- Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is so Heartbreaking
- Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe
- To the Kingdom of Cambodia – Poipet to Siem Reap Road
- Kho Phi Phi and Other Islands
- Cruising the Mekong River in Vietnam
- Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul
- Bangkok – Temples, Palace, Park and Tower
- The Grandeur of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul
- Huanghuacheng Great Wall of China
- Open Museum of Traditional Houses
- Traditional Japanese Houses in Kyoto