The Culture of Cambodia

We’ve spent the past six days exploring Cambodia’s busy capital, Phnom Penh.  There was a time during the reign of the Khmer Rouge when this city was evacuated and devoid of life, but since then the city has recuperated and is once again thriving.  There are many cultural attractions such as the National Museum of early Khmer artwork, the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and numerous fascinating markets.  The National Museum is well laid out and very informative about ancient Cambodian history.  There were several beautiful buildings around the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda even though visitors weren’t allowed inside of them.

Tomorrow we plan to delve into the darker side of this city’s history and visit the Killing Fields and the S-21 prisons but for now we’ve  been happy to explore the art, architecture and Buddhist culture of Phnom Penh.