|Royal Palace in Phnom Penh|
Should you be in Cambodia for the birthday of Queen Monique on June 18th, some things to do include:
- Follow the tradition now developing of making King’s Mother Birthday a “family day.” People go with their children to parks and shopping malls and take part in various kid’s events organised by local governments. Whether in Phnom Penh or another municipality, you can probably find some “kid-centred” festivals going on.
- Many also use this day as an occasion to pray for the health of the “Queen Mother” at Buddhist temples. You may wish to visit some of these temples to see their intricate architecture.
- In Phnom Penh, there are numerous “traditional arts” events that will give you a taste of the local culture on King’s Mother Birthday. There is also a fireworks show, which you won’t want to miss.
- Tour the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, where the royal family resides. Its Khmer-French architecture is stunning and nearly 100 years old. Other than the part of the palace where the royal family actually lives, most of it is open to the public. Look for the Silver Pagoda, the lush, tropical gardens on the palace grounds, and for the surrounding wall with its decorative designs.
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