Phnom Penh – Capital City of Cambodia

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. When Cambodia was about to be shared between Thailand and Vietnam, France had occupied Cambodia and Vietnam and made them its colonies. And France prevented Thailand to attack Cambodia by making an agreement with Thailand.

Until 2000, there was a curfew in Cambodia, but after then this curfew was abolished.

Khmer Rouge had tortured Cambodian people. They definitively  followed the decisions of military committee. Anybody knew who comprised the Committee or the Supreme Military Council.

Even if there was a smile in people’s faces, you can see the sadness when you look closely. Our local driver didn’t know how his father died. Was he killed? Was it because of hunger? Or where? Unknown. He had been taken from his family while he was very young and he suffered a lot. His mom could find him when he was 7. There were many people with heart-wrenching stories. Pain and tears were everywhere in Cambodia.

Khmer Rouge soldiers got the order “Just kill” and they followed unconditionally. They brought the heads of the people they killed to the Supreme Military Council. That’s because the corpses had no heads in that period. You should see its explicit evidence in Tuol Sleng Museum.

30 years ago, there were people in this country who had no future except being killed. That’s why present generation is only interested in living the day. They have no hope.

We stayed in Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. It was quite central.

First, we visited the museum in which the belongings used in Angkor Wat between 9th and 14th centuries were being exhibited. Its garden was very beautiful. We met the lingam in the garden again. It represents the male organ. Under it, there was a slit represents the female. The water coming from lingam was going into the slit. The women drink this water for getting pregnant.

We got on to the boats and went to the point where River Mekong and Tonle Sap merged. River Mekong flows into Tonle Saple from June to November with the effects of the Monsoon Rains for 6 months. And for the other 6 six months, it’s become the opposite. The only river in the world with that kind of feature. There is no other river like that

Then we saw the Monument of Freedom. It had been made for the memorial of Cambodia’s releasing from Frech dominion in 1953. They celebrate their freedom on every 9th of November.

Then we went to see the Royal Palace and silver pagoda. Here is very big settlement. The Royal Palace is very huge and magnificent. There were ceremonial building, guest house, dance show building and the house of the king in the garden.

Sihanuk was still alive and his son was on duty. There were many ornamental grave monuments and stupas in Royal complex.

We saw the silver pagoda in the same settlement. 5,000 silver pallets were used as a floor covering. Every pile was 1 kg. 2,86 diamonds were used and every one of them was  25 carats.

There were 100 thousand cars and 160 thousand motorcycles in this city.

The blue colour on the country flag represents the Royal Family, the red colour represents the people and the white symbolizes 3 religions. Hinduism, Buddhism and Animatism. Animatism means believing in souls.

On the next day, we went to the central bazaar. This bazaar was round and domed. It resembled us the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The most important feature of this bazaar is that it had became a dead field in Khmer Rouge period. They had stored the bodies in here. After they gone, people converted the place into a bazaar again.

MUSTS IN PHNOM PENH:The Royal Palace, silver pagoda, central bazaar

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1951 İstanbul doğumluyum. Yıl içinde dönüşümlü olarak Sinop, Bodrum ve İstanbul’da yaşamaktayım.Küçük yaşlarda babamın mesleği gereği, Türkiye’nin pek çok farklı şehirlerinde yaşadım.