Sitting within the Royal Palace compound in Phnom Pehn, the Silver Pagoda holds many of Cambodia’s nation treasures, including the 17th century Emerald Buddha and a life sized golden Maitreya Buddha that holds 9584 diamonds. The inner wall of the courtyard is decorated with a beautifully detailed mural of the Ramayana myth.
During King Norodom Sihanouk’s reign, pre Khmer Rouge, the Silver Pagoda was inlaid with over 5000 silver tiles and a part of it’s outer facade was remodeled with Italian marble. Only a very small portion of these tiles are open to public viewing, upon entering the Temple.
The Silver Pagoda is a well used Buddhist temple; it’s grounds being used for various Royal and national ceremonies. The cremated remains of King Norodom Sihanouk are interred in the Stupa of Katha Bopha, located on the Temple’s compund.