The Friday Photo #108 – Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Stepping inside the grounds of the Grand Palace in Phnom Penh is a strange, almost surreal experience.

The manicured gardens and golden buildings seem bizarrely out of place compared with the dirt, noise and poverty of city life on the other side of the gates.

The Cambodian Royal family have lived there since it was built in the 1860s, interrupted only by the horror of the Khmer Rouge.genocide.  Try as I might, though, I didn’t spot the king wandering around anywhere…

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