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The National Museum of Cambodia contains an excellent collection of art from Cambodia's 'golden age' of Angkor  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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The National Museum of Cambodia

  
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Contains an excellent collection of art from Cambodia's "golden age" of Angkor, and a lovely courtyard at the center. A main attraction is the statue of King Jayavarman VII (1181-1219) in mediation pose; other exhibits worth seeing include graceful statues of Hindu gods, ancient stelae (tablets) inscribed in Sanskrit and Old Khmer, and artefacts from a prehistoric burial site. Unfortunately, no photos may be taken inside the museum, although photography is allowed in the central courtyard upon payment of a small fee (cameras: US$1, videocameras: US$3). In the middle of the courtyard is the original statue of the "Leper King" (actually Yama, the Hindu god of death) from the Terrace of the Leper King in Angkor Archaeological Park. The pleasant little park in front of the Museum is the site of the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony, at which the success or otherwise of the coming harvest is determined. You may have heard stories of sightseers carrying umbrellas inside to avoid showers of bat droppings, but alas (?), the bats moved out after the renovation of 2002.

Directions

opposite the Royal Palace

Type of place: Museum
Costs: US$3
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Street address: Street 13, Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 8AM-5PM daily, last admission 4:30PM
Telephone: +855 23 211753, +855 12 621522 (mobile)
Email: museum_cam@camnet.com.kh







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