Constructed in 1866 for the Cambodian King of the time, the Royal Palace serves as an attribute of great historical importance. Court rituals and ceremonies were performed here to symbolise the heritage and culture of this mysterious kingdom and the Royal Palace is still the home of King Norodom Sihamoni. The decorative features of this stunning construction are of high intrinsic value and include the Emerald Buddah, a priceless piece made from Baccarat crystal dating back more than 300 years. Another Buddah statue close by boasts a shell made from 90kg gold and nearly 10,000 diamonds. One of the most important and recognisable features of the Royal Palace is the Silver Pagoda situated in the same grounds. Most areas are open to the public and daily tours remain in operation. See more: Cambodia Travel Tips – Best place to see in Cambodia.