Charlie Chaplin’s Cambodia

Charlie and Paulette were big news, the reporters descended, and Charlie entertained them “with much courtesy and charm” in the hotel bar (presumably the Elephant Bar). Phnom Penh, he said, was charming, the palaces and pagodas delightful, the Cambodian houses picturesque. He felt he had to question whether French Colonial villas (the ones the Europeans lived in) were perhaps a little suburban and uncomfortable, but the wide boulevards, built over newly-reclaimed canals, were the equal of those in Paris. Asked if he might consider making a movie in Cambodia, he didn’t rule it out, but also didn’t see it happening in the immediate future. He would, however, undertake to publicise Indochina as a tourist destination on his return home.

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Angkor Wat’s Geoglyph Gardens

A June 2013 UNESCO report on the first “lidar” aerial laser survey of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which exposes topography under tree canopy, has revealed a mysterious geoglyph attached to this great temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The immense geoglyphic relief area is exactly as wide from east…

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Talks on Safeguarding Angkor

There have been a series of meetings this week, which were reported in the Phnom Penh Post . PhD candidate Georgina Lloyd recently gave a lecture in Siem Reap about safeguarding Cambodia’s intangible cultural heritage.She says “There is a complex belief structure tied to Angkor and many local inhabitants believe…

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A Cambodian History Lesson

You may well have noticed, since it’s been widely reported in the global media, that some interesting conclusions have been drawn from research into the downfall of the Cambodian empire centred on Angkor Wat. For those of you who missed it, I’ll summarise the findings here. Some fifteen years of…

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Quote of the Day

”Were the ex-bandits unreliable at night? Oh no it was not that. On the contrary they were very disciplined. Well then, what was it?….the tigers, perhaps? No it wasn’t the tigers either..but the fact was that after dark Angkor was a very bad place for the neak ta eysaur and…

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