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Royal Palace reopens to visitors after two-year hiatus

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A tour guide leads tourists through the streets in front of the Royal Palace on November 16. Heng Chivoan

Royal Palace reopens to visitors after two-year hiatus

Visitors will be welcome at the Royal Palace once again starting in December after a two-year closure of the iconic historic and cultural site due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister of the Royal Palace Kong Sam Ol informed Minister of Tourism Thong Khon of the reopening via an official letter on November 17.

The palace has been closed since March 18, 2020 after the first few cases of Covid-19 in Cambodia were detected.

The Royal Palace, which includes the Silver Pagoda, has numerous links to the religion and history of Cambodia and is one of Phnom Penh's primary tourist attractions.

Construction on the palace began in 1866 when King Norodom moved the capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh and was completed in 1870.


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