Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo)

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Silver Pagoda is located on the south side of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. The temple’s official name is Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which is commonly shortened to Wat Preah Keo. The pagoda is also home to a precious crystal Buddha to which the one in Phnom Penh bears an uncanny resemblance

Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo)

Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo)

The Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh sits by the Royal Palace, isolated by a walled walkway, however inside of the same bigger walled compound. The Silver Pagoda‘s fitting name is Wat Preah Keo Morokat, which signifies ‘The Temple of the Emerald Buddha,’ yet has gotten the basic moniker ‘Silver Pagoda’ after the strong silver floor tiles that embellish the sanctuary building. The pagoda compound all in all contains a few structures and greenery enclosures, the essential building being the sanctuary Wat Preah Keo Morokat and different structures including a library, different stupas, sanctuaries, landmarks, minor structures and the exhibitions of the Reamker.

Wat Preah Keo Morokat is special in a few ways. It is the pagoda where the King meets with ministers to listen to their sermons and where some Royal services are performed. It houses a gathering of invaluable Buddhist and verifiable items including the ‘Emerald Buddha.’ And, not at all like most pagodas, no ministers live at the pagoda. The sanctuary building, library and Reamker exhibitions were initially developed somewhere around 1892 and 1902 under King Norodom. The equestrian statue of King Norodom was set up in 1892. Different structures, for example, the stupas of King Ang Doung Stupa King Norodom (1908), the Kantha Bopha commemoration haven (1960) and others were included later. The sanctuary got significant recreation in 1962 and further remodels 1985-1987, especially to the Reamker fresco wall paintings. A large portion of the sanctuary fortunes were plundered amid by the Khmer Rouge 1975-1979, however luckily the Khmer Rouge decided to keep a significant part of the gathering in place for promulgation purposes.

Inside of the Royal Palace compound is the unrestrained Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh, the floor of which is secured with five tons of glimmering silver. You can sneak a look at a percentage of the 5000 tiles close to the passageway – most are secured to ensure them. Equaling the floor, an exceptional Baccarat-gem Buddha sits on a great plated platform. Adding to the luxurious blend is an existence measured strong gold Buddha, which measures 90kg and is enhanced with 2086 precious stones, the biggest tipping the scales at 25 carats.

The staircase prompting the Silver Pagoda is made of Italian marble. Inside, the Emerald Buddha, said to be made of Baccarat gem, sits on a plated platform high on the dais. Before the dais stands an existence measured gold Buddha enriched with 9584 jewels, the biggest of which measures 25 carats. Made in the royal residence workshops amid 1906 and 1907, the gold Buddha tips the scales at 90kg. Straightforwardly before it, in a Formica case, is a smaller than expected silver-and-gold stupa containing a relic of Buddha brought from Sri Lanka. To one side is a 80kg bronze Buddha, and to the right a silver Buddha. On the far right, dolls of strong gold recount the narrative of the Buddha.

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