is the international car registration for
K for Kampuchea, a commonly-used former name for Cambodia.
After King Ponhea Yat abandoned Angkor in 1422, he founded his new capital and five wats at Phnom Penh. Later kings moved the capital several times and the city did not become the permanent seat of government until 1866. On April 17, 1975, Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge and was completely evacuated. People began to return in 1979 and have been rebuilding ever since.
Riel (KHR). In many areas however, especially Phnom Penh and Angkor, the US dollar is the (unofficial) currency used. Riel are only used for amounts under $1.
Beauty & Sanctity; Nominee for the new 7 wonders
Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich
Phnom Pehn. Somerset Maugham stayed here, as did Jackie Kennedy, Andre Malraux and Charles de Gaulle.
It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere. The Tonlé Sap is unusual for two reasons: 1) its flow changes direction twice a year, and 2) the portion that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. The lake is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and numerous Cham communities, living in floating villages around the lake.
4,350 km. Laos / Thailand / China / Cambodia / Vietnam / Myanmar
Pink sandstone, c. 967; Musée Guimet, Paris
1975 - 1991. The Khmer Rouge took power in 1975. The regime, led by Pol Pot, changed the official name of the country to Democratic Kampuchea
Phnom Penh, Cambodia. English language paper, oldest in Cambodia
Annexed by France; moved to Saigon, 1863 - 1887
In power from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until 2004