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This is my 500th posting and the picture represents a little bit my passion: visiting temples, castles, chateaus, mosques, churches, ...
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I would like to post today the Temple of Emerald Buddha (Silver Pagoda) at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one of my most impressive moments during my travels.

Located within the Royal Palace compound, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. On display inside are hundreds of Royal gifts received by the Royal family over the years. Among the treasures are a solid gold Buddha encrusted with, 9584 diamonds and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. The compound also houses Wat Phnom Mondap, containing Buddha's footprint. The walls surrounding the compound - the oldest part of the palace - are covered with frescos depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana, the Remaker.

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