The Royal Barum Reachea Veang Nei Preah Reacheanachak Kampuchea ), in
Phnom Penh , Cambodia , is a complex of buildings which serves as the
royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Its full name in the Khmer
language is Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk . The Kings of Cambodia
have occupied it since it was built in 1860's, with a period of absence
when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the
Khmer Rouge .
The palace was constructed after King Norodom relocated the royal
capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh in the mid-19th century. It was
gradually built atop an old citadel called Banteay Kev . It faces
towards the East and is situated at the Western bank of the cross
division of the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River called Chaktomuk
(an allusion to Brahma ).