Today marks the birthday of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni (full title Preah Karuna Preah Bat Sâmdach Preah Bâromneath Norodom Sihamoni Nai Preah Reacheanachak Kampuchea, roughly translating as His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni of the Kingdom of Cambodia). The King turned 59 this year, meaning he was born roughly when Britain’s own Queen (full title Her MajestyElizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith) came to power. So to mark the birthday of Cambodia’s much loved Monarch, I thought it would only be fitting to dedicate a post to him and his beautiful home – the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.
The King (stock photo)
The King is a a trained ballet dancer who grew up in Prague, studied film-making in North Korea, and lived in Paris for 20 years. He moved back to Cambodia when he was crowned King in 2004 and has been living in the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh ever since. The Royal Palace is a major tourist attraction in Phnom Penh, although not all buildings are open for tourists. It is a stark contrast to Phnom Penh’s noisy, dusty and hectic street life with its manicured gardens and golden buildings. The Kings of Cambodia have occupied the palace since it was built in the 1860’s.
Stupa on palace complex
Stupa with Silver Pagoda in the background
Ramayana Frescoes – history fading away
I loved the visit to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Have you been? Did you also like? I would love to hear about it in the comment section below!
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We are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between us we are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. In 2011 we left the rat-race in London behind to work in international development and see the world.