Silver Pagoda

Wat Preah Keo Morokat
Royal Palace
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The official name of this temple, Wat Preah Keo Morokat, translates to "Temple of the Emerald Buddha." This refers to a statue inside, but it is not the same as the famous Emerald Buddha in Thailand.

The Cambodian temple is popularly known as the "Silver Pagoda" bacause of the thousands of silver tiles which cover the floor of its interior. The temple complex contains several buildings; its main hall is shown here. The Tripitaka Library next door holds an important early sculpture of Nandi ("Preah Ko," Shiva's Sacred Bull). The complex is surrounded by a gallery that is painted with scenes from the Ramayana (next page).

"Morokat" and "Morakot" (both meaning "emerald") are alternate spellings; look up both if you are doing web searches.