As you enter Preah Norodam Silhanouk Museum through the lush gardens dotted with bushes – a large modern Buddha sits under a large pergola in the middle of the grounds and watches over.
Not far from the ticket office where you purchase your tickets for Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom Archaeology Park, Preah Norodam Silhanouk Museum is a modern building that houses artefacts discovered at Banteay Kdei Temple.
In 2001 archaeology students were excavating the temple complex, when they discovered 274 statues of Buddha. They also uncovered a square column that has 1008 identical Buddha’s carved on all 4 sides, however because historical records have been lost and no one knows what its purpose was.
The museum houses 3 exhibitions from the archaeology discovery at Benteay Kdei Temple including pottery, arrowheads, coins, jewelry, Buddha sculptures and even human skulls. During the dig the students discovered 11 skeletons, which were buried in the soil that was surrounded by ceramics, tools and adornments – however it was believed that these skeletons were not of royal blood because of evidence found at Srah Srang.
Preah Norodam Silhanouk Museum is a captivating, small museum with a relaxed atmosphere as a large pond sits in the middle of the complex.
You do not need an Angkor Archaeology Park Day Pass to go to the museum.
Tickets are purchased at the museum to save agent costs.
Tickets sold until 4.30 pm
Address: Phum Boeung Don Pa, Khum Slakram, Sruk Siem Reap
Cost: $3.00 (Children under 12 free).
Opening Time: 8.00 am – 5.00p m (Closed Mondays and Public Holidays)
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday
It is an interesting place to come and spend an hour with its open air courtyard and relaxing ambiance. It has also made it to out 10 Fun Things To Do For Under $5.00, which will give you some great ideas of what to do here in Siem Reap if you are on a budget.