WPC – Victory Gate


The Door of Victory Gate, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

The Door of Victory Gate, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

I love to walk around the square area in front of Royal Palace complex especially in the early morning just to feel the cool breeze of Tonle Sap and Mekong River. Sometimes I stop for a while to watch sunrise. It’s always a perfect start of the day, with the early birds, and also with wonderful local people.

And I always attracted to look at the beautiful Victory Gate, the formal gate for the King, foreign head of states and other formal dignitaries to go through on formal events. This gate is located within the outer wall near the Dancing Pavillion and directly in front of the Throne Hall.

We cannot use this gate to go inside the complex, but we’re allowed to take pictures of the major buildings inside or the gate itself. If we want to go inside of the Royal Palace, we can use the other gate which is located further on the south of Victory Gate.

Seeing this beautiful gate, my mind went to the ancient gate in Angkor Thom with the same name, Victory Gate, 7 km north of Siem Reap. Both are facing East. Both are in front of the Royal Palace. The same name, the same direction, same position. I’m pretty sure it’s not a coincidence.

Victory Gate  - Phnom Penh at Night

Victory Gate – Phnom Penh at Night

Inspired by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Victory

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