National Museum

  • 20-Feb-2017
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National Museum

The distinctive rust red National Museum in Phnom Penh is the most important repository of Khmer artifacts in the country. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the ‘Leper King’ from Siem Reap and an enormous 11th century bronze Vishnu. Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including an exhibition of post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Even the museum building itself is of historical interest, a architectural hybrid of sorts, bearing both traditional Cambodian and western design elements. Visiting the museum after rather than before a trip to the Angkor in Siem Reap helps lend context to the Angkorian artifacts


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