I installed the phpmyadmin folder in the /var/www/html/ directory and I recently chmod 'd everything in the html directory to 777.
At first I realized that phpmyadmin won't run if you allow outside write access so I changed the permissions on that directory to 744.
I haven't found any good troubleshooting documentation on this problem but all I see in the error log is:
Permissions denied : access to /phpmyadmin/index.html.var denied
I made sure the owner is the same as the rest of the files in the html folder.
The rest of the site seems to work fine and it appears I can write to the database but I cannot access phpmyadmin.