SILVER PAGODA - CAMBODIA
The Silver Pagoda ( located in Phnom Penh) was constructed in 1892 by King Norodom to house the ashes of the royal family. The name comes from the 5,000 silver tiles each weighing 1 kilo ,that cover the interior floor surface, though nowadays these are protected by rugs. The formal name is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Preah Keo. The Pagoda formerly a wooden building, was rebuilt in 1962 in concrete and marble. It is famous for its 90 kg solid gold Buddha made in 1907 and an emerald Buddha said to be made of baccarant crystal.