Cambodia's Royal Palace to reopen for visitors in December
Cambodia's Royal Palace to reopen for visitors in December

PHNOM PENH: After being closed to the public for more than two years due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Royal Palace, the most well-known tourist attraction in the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, will reopen on December 1.

In a letter made available to the public on Friday, Royal Palace Minister Kong Sam Ol said that "national and foreign tourists will be permitted to visit the Royal Palace from December 1 forward."
The Royal Palace's soaring spires are a magnificent example of traditional Khmer architecture seen in Cambodia, claims the Ministry of Tourism.

The Throne Hall (Preah Tineang Tevea Vinichhay), where coronations and official events are held, is open to visitors, the ministry said.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Preah Keo Morakot), Stupas, the Royal Dining Hall, the Chan Chhaya Pavilion, and a French structure that was a gift from Napoleon III are among the buildings on the grounds of the palace, according to the Ministry. The gardens are also wonderfully landscaped.

The Khemarin Palace, also known as the "Palace of the Khmer King," is one of the many fascinating structures that make up the 183,135 square metre estate. It is the official palace of the reigning monarch, Norodom Sihamoni, and is located in a secure area of the property.

According to Tourism Minister Thong Khon, the number of foreign visitors to Cambodia has increased at a quicker rate than anticipated, prompting the government to raise the country's aim for 2022 from 1 million to 2 million visitors.
"Cambodia's full resuming of its borders to all tourists/travellers, high Covid-19 vaccination rates and tourism development strategies are significant to attracting tourists to the kingdom," Khon said.

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