This 400 x 400 meter wide area is home of the present king of Cambodia, his majesty King Norodom Sihamoni. In comparison with the loud streets of Phnom Penh the gardens around the thrown hall and the other buildings are quite and peaceful. You can watch the thrown hall from outside, but the 20 steps up prevent a glimpse for wheelchair users. They can visit the little exhibition of dresses and jewelery of the royal family instead next door. The stupas in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha host the ashes of the former kings. Over one high step you can get on the 600 m long round walk gallery, that shows in one huge picture made by 40 painters “Ramakien”, the famous story about the halfgod Rama and his victory over the evel.

In the former elefant stalls today shops and exhibition rooms can be found. All elefants died during the Pol-Pot-Era (1975-1979). While the royal family was locked into the palace, all the staff was deported and so the elefants starved of hunger.