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20 Fun and Interesting facts about Cambodia

Updated on November 4, 2011

1. The highest mountain in Cambodia is Phnum Aoral

2. The government of Cambodia is multiparty democracy with King since September 1993.

3. The Cambodian flag is the only one in the world to contain a religious building depicted on it

4. Traditionally young men from Cambodia follow a Buddhist monk philosophy since most start their adult lives as monks

5. in cambodia the traditional way to say hello is to press each others palms together Cambodians greet each other by pressing their palms together

6. Almost 50% of the population is under the age of 15

7. Cambodia has a high birth rate almost three times that of the death rate

8. Oil and gas are the most exported commodities in Cambodia since large deposits were found off the coast in 2005

9. Cambodia was originally a French colony until 1953

10. Previous kings tried to erase the history of the cambodian people by removing sacred sites and older docrines before them.

11. Life expectancy in Cambodia is one of the lowest in the world only 49.5 yrs of age

12. During the rein of the evil pol pot over one million people died fighting for peace

13. Cambodians do not trust there state banks because for every 5 dollars deposited the banks would take 10$ USD

14. Angkor kings built huge reservoirs and canals for irrigation which still stand today and are still in working order in many parts of the country

15. The large river of Mekong has never had a bridge built across it until 2001

16. In many parts of the country of Cambodia electricity is often only available from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm weekdays

17. Cambodia has the smallest armed forces in the Asian nations representing only a third of the population

18. Due to unknown conditions Cambodians have every 1 250 people with a disability in the county

19. Almost 755 of the people in Cambodia live below the poverty line

20. Leak Kon Saeng is a popular game in is played by kids from young to old. Kind of like duck duck goose in the US


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    Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Good information. Just showed the film The Killing Fields to one of my upper level history classes. They knew very little about Cambodia and only 2 out of 13 had ever heard of the Khmer Rouge. Astonishing, or maybe not, for this generation of students..

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    Snurre 6 years ago

    Interesting, sometimes very disturbing facts!