The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is a stunning example of the beautiful and detailed Khmer architecture. The complex of more than 6 hectares consists of 9 buildings including the throne room, the Pavilion of Napoleon III, Pavilion Phochani, Pavilion Chanchhaya and of course the famous Silver Pagoda.
One beautiful sunny morning in early October 2009 we spent many hours wandering throughout the grounds enjoying not only the great beauty of the buildings, but also the gardens that surround them.
Towards the end of our visit, we came across a group of musicians who were all sat cross-legged in front of their various instruments playing some hypnotic traditional Cambodian music. After sitting with them for a while, I asked them if I could record what they were playing and they were more than happy for me to do so.
In a way, the music that features in this recording gives an accurate reflection of our visit to the Royal Palace and the way we felt about Cambodia as a whole. Relaxing, peaceful, and yet very joyful and vibrant.