Buddhism and Bustle

After our days of visiting death sites we figured we would do some sight seeing without the involvement of death. Our plan was to stop at the Royal Palace but it turned out they didn’t open till 1pm.

We told our driver to head to Wat Phnom. This is a Buddhist temple, the tallest religious structure in the city and also marking the central point of Phnom Penh.

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Wat Phnom - Travellingminstrel

The steps from the park surrounding the area led to a pagoda with as usual an amazing interior.

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Inside - Travellingminstrel

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The park itself was well maintained, making it a good place to honour the central point of the city. A lot of commotion from the locals went on here; buying flowers, birds, lighting incense and praying, giving it a nice feeling.

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Selling flowers - Travellingminstrel

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Offering - Travellingminstrel

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Local children - Travellingminstrel

Next our decision was a toss up between the Russian market or the Central market, in the end Central market caught our eye more. We made a great choice by the looks of it, it had everything a market would need; busy with both locals and foreigners, smells of spices and fresh sea food and every stall you can think of. Many smiles were directed our way once they caught site of Jed as we sauntered our way through the energetic market.

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Market entrance - Travellingminstrel

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Inside the Central Market - Travellingminstrel

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Fresh sea food - Travellingminstrel

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Crabs - Travellingminstrel
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The clock ticked past 1 as we made our way back to the Royal Palace. Many people had gathered and were queuing up to see the elaborate architecture on the other side of the wall.

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Giggling baby - Travellingminstrel

The complex was enormous and many temples lay inside. The first was the Throne hall which was extremely majestic. To espy the interior of these buildings you would have to visit them yourselves as none of my descriptions however much I tried would do them justice and no pictures are allowed.

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We saw many other buildings but one that caught my eye and everyone else’s was the Silver Pagoda. This temple holds the famous emerald Buddha which in itself was exquisite. It is surrounded by gold. The tiles on the floor if you peek under the carpet are the original silver tiles which are real silver. I for one have never walked on a silver floor (have you?) before so it really was a moment to memorise

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Silver Pagoda - Travellingminstrel

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Please if you are ever in the area by all means visit Phnom Penh!

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