National Museum

Next to the Royal Palace, the distinctive rust-red National Museum was dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. The buildings are inspired by Khmer temple architecture. More than 14,000 items are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts including sculpture, ceramics, bronzes etc…, most notably the famous statue of the King Jayavarman VII. Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition of post-Angkorian Buddha figures. 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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