Living in Phnom Penh: An Eventful Start to February

Cambodian Culture, Living in Phnom Penh / Friday, February 8th, 2013

Why is it that when its a busy or an eventful time, I can’t be bothered to blog? Which really just makes me believe that I would make a lousy journalist or a news type of blogger. I’m more of a write and review about a hotel, restaurant 0r a service blogger than a current affairs blogger.

So what made the start of February eventful? For Khmers and Cambodia expats, at least. It was time to say goodbye to Cambodia’s revered King Father, Norodom Sihanouk.

King Norodom Sihanouk's Funeral Procession
King Norodom Sihanouk’s Funeral Procession © Amazing Cambodia

In an emotional funeral and cremation ceremony spanning several days, Cambodian’s laid their King Father to rest. I so wanted to join the festivities, but alas! I had a crazy bout of asthma and so was ‘confined’ to just watching everything on TV. And of course, checking out live feeds out of twitter. This was something I would have wanted to be actively part of. Sigh. I just had to content myself with being an spectator.

impressive ‘gate’ to the custom made cremation site © Amazing Cambodia
Veal Preah Meru
Veal Preah Meru, the cremation site © Amazing Cambodia

Thankfully, there are just really a lot of awesome tweeps, photographers around who generously shared their thoughts and snapshots of the event. Here’s a few links to blog posts and photo collections.

Photographs on this posts are courtesy of Amazing Cambodia. Check out their Facebook page, they have some great old photos of Cambodia as well as event photos.

LTO Cambodia also have put together a day to day series on King Sihanouk’s funeral, a great read specially if you are interested in the ceremony details. Cambodia Daily features the Final Journey of King Father Norodom Sihanouk and how a Nation Bids Farewell to its Beloved King.

These sites also have wonderful collection of photographs for the event…Funeral Fit for A King, Norodom Sihanouk Final Goodbyes, Phnom BenThomas Cristofoletti..

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