May 3, 2013 |
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return two ancient statues to Cambodia after receiving convincing evidence they had been looted and smuggled out of the country illegally. The 10th century Khmer statues, known as the Kneeling Attendants, have flanked the entrance to the Met's South East Asian galleries for years and are among the museum's most prized objects from the region. They were acquired in fragments between 1987 and 1992 as donations primarily from Douglas Latchford, a British collector based in Bangkok who is at the center of a federal investigation of antiquities looted from the ancient temple complex of Koh Ker. CHEAT SHEET: Spring Arts Preview Cambodian officials announced last June that they would seek the return of the statues.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- Thousands of people lined the streets of Cambodia's capital Friday for the funeral of King Norodom Sihanouk, a controversial monarch who helped build the young nation after French rule before cozying up to the homicidal Khmer Rouge regime. Sihanouk's embalmed body, which has been lying in state in Phnom Penh awaiting an auspicious date since his October death at age 89, was carried to the sounds of a 101-gun salute from the royal palace to an ornate funeral pyre in a city park specially constructed for the occasion.
January 12, 2013
One of my favorite international vacations was to the temples at Angkor in Cambodia. What made it particularly enjoyable was my private (and inexpensive) tour guide, Vanny Chhim. Vanny is knowledgeable about the entire area around Siem Reap, and he is fluent in English. What makes him special is that he has kept in touch with me for the last three years via email, sharing his experiences and family life. I've never had any other tour guide do this. If you're looking for an enjoyable private excursion on his tuk-tuk, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Joel Miller Los Angeles
November 14, 2012 |
As Barack Obama prepares for the first visit by a United States president to Cambodia this month, the country is reportedly preparing for him too -- by hiding street children from sight in Phnom Penh. “If the leaders from across … the world see beggars and children on the street, they might speak negatively to the government,” municipal spokesman Long Dimanche told the Phnom Penh Post , explaining their plans to “collect” children who beg or sell fruit and put them in a nearby center.
November 3, 2012 |
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Moy Da hasn't seen his sister in nearly 40 years. Like countless Cambodian families, they were separated during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The brutal communist regime made it official policy to dismantle the nuclear family, which it considered a capitalist relic, and divided much of the population into slave labor camps. In 1975, Moy Da, then 5 years old, and his parents, who died three years later, lost track of 15-year-old Pheap when the Khmer Rouge emptied Phnom Penh and marched residents to the countryside.
July 9, 2012 |
The previously unexplained deaths of at least 52 children in Cambodia have been linked to an outbreak of a virulent virus that causes a severe form of hand, foot and mouth disease, officials from the World Health Organization and the Cambodian Ministry of Health said Sunday. The children ranged in age from 3 months to 11 years old, with most being under the age of 3 years. Laboratory tests conducted by France's Institut Pasteur du Cambodge showed that 15 of 24 children tested showed evidence of infection by enterovirus 71 (EV-71)