Photographer's Note

Just a short walk from the Sisowath Quay in the heart of Phnom Penh stands the Royal Palace.

Formerly it was call Preah Borom Reach Vang Chatomuk Mongkul.
The name was given due to its location near the intersection of four rivers : The upper Mekong, the Tonle Sap, the lower Mekong and the Tonle Bassac.

The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, is a complex of buildings.
It was constructed twice. The first construction took place in 1434.
The second palace was built in 1866 (during the reign of His Majesty King Norodom) and stands to the present day.

Most of the buildings include sculptures and are characterized by many tiered roofs and topped by towers which are symbols of prosperity.
The previous buildings were wooden and then reconstructed in concrete, but their original forms have been preserved.

The Palace was not occupied during the period of time when the Khmer Rouge reigned terror over the country.

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