APAD 169: The Chanchhaya Pavilion, Phnom Penh

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia, Cambodia life, Our World Tuesday, Phnom Penh, What's On in Cambodia | 2 comments

This is the Chanchhaya Pavilion, also known as the Moonlight Pavilion ,at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. It dominates the facade of the Royal Palace along Sothearos Boulevard. Every time I pass by this place, I can’t help but admire the beautiful, distinct Khmer-classical style of architecture of this building.

This open-air pavilion, fronting the river,  was originally built as a dance conservatory. It is now used as a venue for banquets and other state functions. On special occasions, locals and tourists alike come here to watch special performances of the Khmer classical dances.

In 2004, the Pavilion was used for a banquet and tribune for the new King Norodom Sihamoni during his coronation. It looks stunning, isn’t it? Have you ever wondered how it looks like at night? It is even more spectacular! If you are interested to see, please click here and here. More about the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh here.

This is my entry to this week’s Our World Tuesday. Click on the logo for more pictures of our world.

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  1. Hi there I am visiting your site as another Our World Tuesday participant. Cambodia is somewhere I would very much like to visit, especially since our daughter has told us what a wonderful country it is. Of course Phom Phen would be high on the list, how wonderful that you live near by.

  2. Hi, yes i’ve been here and stayed in your city for 2 nights before going to Siem Reap. I love your city, peaceful and clean. I also have some friends in Phnom Penh. I also love to visit Siem Reap again during the dry season when opportunities allow.

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