Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate Roofs and Gates of the Cambodian Royal Palace

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In Phnom Penh intricate gates and roofs are to be found in the Royal Palace. This palace remains the home of King Norodom Shiamoni the son of King Norodom Sihanouk. The palace sits tranquilly behind high walls  with these intricate lace metal gates being the entry points into the calm beyond.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The buildings rising from the perfect gardens like islands in a sea of green. The palace was constructed in the 1860s which when compared to the Angkor Watt complex is young in the country’s history. It was designed for the King to meet foreign dignitaries and a fitting style.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The Silver Pagoda sits next to the Royal Palace not named for the colour of this structure but rather the solid silver floor on which one walks in the main pagoda building. This intricate structure holds the ashes of a departed king. These are dotted throughout the temple grounds. All intricate.

In response to the Daily Challenge Weekly Photo Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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26 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate Roofs and Gates of the Cambodian Royal Palace

  1. Great photos. Love this series. So intricate

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  2. What was the best part of your trip to Cambodia? Photos are beautiful.

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    • It had to be the ancient temples around Angkor Watt. I found Phnom Penh a bit sad and frightening. The people were still struggling with the genocide that had occurred and were struggling to understand how one of their own could have done such dastardly deeds.

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      • That kind of violence against innocence leaves a caul over future generations that is never removed. It can’t be fathomed and the tears never dry. A ghost memory of what might have been paired with the reality of the demon that was.
        Makes you wonder that the sharp spires on the roofs weren’t spikey enough.
        Still, that people can build such beauty to last for eons – I hope they can sleep well knowing this is their true cultural legacy.

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      • Yes it is a hard thing to live with and you can understand it when you visit the prisons and genocide museum and although I didn’t go the killing fields. Hard to meld such horror with such beauty.

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  3. Such a great post again. Thank you.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    The intricacy of these designs reminds me of the skill of the artisans that created them. What artists!

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  6. Wow I loved the first picture.

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  8. Norah says:

    Definitely intricate, and very beautiful!

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  9. Yes, those buildings are beautiful! That’s why I always go to Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda on my trips to Cambodia. If you’re there in the early morning, you will see the beautiful warm sunshine, and the sunset sky on the background if you’re there in the afternoon…

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  11. Bernice says:

    What stunning pictures!!

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  13. Charli Mills says:

    What patience to craft such intricacy.

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  14. Stunning. I love the metallic lace of the gates. Also, the silver building(s) with the silver floors…wow. Were you able to tour those or are they just tombs?

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