Category Archives: Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia No. 2

Suasdey!

My second card coming from Cambodia! Thank you Sophia!

Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple in the world. The temple was buiöt by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura.

some interesting facts about Cambodia:

  1. Cambodia’s first bridge across the Mekong River opened in 2001 linking the east and west of the country.
  2. Angkor Wat was built by King Suryavarman II (1131 to 1150). The city of Angkor Thom and the Bayon (temple) were built by King Jayavarman VII (1181 to 1220).
  3. The word Angkor is derived from Sanskrit (an ancient Indian language) and means city. Wat means temple.
  4. The Angkor kings built huge reservoirs and canals for irrigation.
  5. Most Cambodian young men are Buddhist monks for a short time.
  6. Cambodia was under Frensh control from 1863 until 1953.
  7. In 1975 Pol Pot took control of the capital city, Phnom Penh.
  8. During the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge over one and a half million people died.
  9. After the war in Cambodia, 4 million existing landmines continue to cause casualties. It will be another ten years before all the landmines are removed or destroyed. Each month there are between 300 and 700 amputations due to land-mine injuries.
  10. Oil and natural gas deposits were discovered off the coast of Cambodia in 2005.
  11. The Cambodian flag is the only flag in the world that features a building.
  12. The birth rate is three times higher than the death rate.
  13. Forty percent more males are born each year than females, yet more females survive making up 64 percent of the population.
  14. 50 per cent of the population is aged under 15
  15. 1 in 236 Cambodians is disabled, making Cambodia the most disabled country on earth.
  16. Life expectancy is 49.7 years old.
  17. Angkor Wat, in the Cambodian jungle, was discovered by French explorers in the nineteenth century making it the Eighth Wonder of the World.
  18. In 2003 fewer than 120,000 customers used the services of Cambodia’s banks. For every $1 deposited in banks, more than $10 was held informally
  19. The electricity is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Large hotels and businesses have generators. Outside cities, electricity is available only in the evening from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  20. Cambodians greet each other by pressing their palms together in front of their bodies and bowing. This is called a Sompeah, with the younger or lower ranked person normally initiating the gesture.
  21. It is considered rude to point feet, particularly the soles, towards a person or things, so tuck them away when sitting on the floor or on a chair.
  22. The Khmer Rouge tried to restart history, to erase all trace of what went before. Even the ruins are not there to build on. Reconstruction has been a hard struggle and there’s a long way still to go before the benefits of peace reach ordinary Cambodians.

I send love!

Angkor, Cambodia

Suasdey!

I don’t know how to say “friends” in Khmer. If someone knows, it would be awsome if he or she would post it underneath.

This is the third postcard from my friend Olga who visited Laos, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. Here now the postcard from Cambodia.

Yesterday me and a couple of friends went to my friend Olgas home and she told us about her trip and her time in Asia. She also told us a lot about Cambodia, which was interesting, sometimes funny, but also opressive…

Cambodia is the country with the highest rate of landmines in the whole world.
Between 3 and 6 million landmines are hidden along the paths, in the ricefields, nearby the school and in the little villages. Every third child is a victim. It is so sad..

The picture on the postcard is showing the ancient temple buildings of Angkor. They are UNESCO World Heritage and with an extension of more than 400 km² the largest culture monument of south east Asia. And belong to my friend it is beautiful.

I send love!