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About Cambodia, Srok Khmer: Facts, Fun, and Photos: A Guide To Cambodian Culture

Updated on July 19, 2015

Kingdom of Cambodia

My Personal Interest In Cambodia

Well, to be honest, I knew little about Cambodia until I met my wife a few years ago. My wife moved here when she was 12 and she has told me many stories about how she lived as a refuge before coming to America and her story of growing up here. Well, let's just say that she's "30-Something" now, and I am very lucky to have met her! Although I have never been there, I hope that someday I will be able to travel to Cambodia, and perhaps spend my retirement there along with my wife.

As I befriended my wife, she told me about the land, its people and its beauty. Cambodia has a long and interesting history, including one of the worst atrocities to ever happen to a single country (Khmer Rouge , discussed later.) I will later share some pictures that my wife took on her last trip in 2007.

Pictures My WIfe Took While Visiting Her Homeland

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Working in the field Buddhist Monks Elephant Ride! My Beautiful Wife! Ancient hand-carved statues Temple Temple Reconstruction Ancient Temple
Working in the field
Working in the field | Source
Buddhist Monks
Buddhist Monks | Source
Elephant Ride!
Elephant Ride! | Source
My Beautiful Wife!
My Beautiful Wife! | Source
Ancient hand-carved statues
Ancient hand-carved statues | Source
Temple | Source
Temple Reconstruction
Temple Reconstruction | Source
Ancient Temple
Ancient Temple | Source

Ancient Temples

I can only imagine the mystique when you are standing in front of these Ancient Temples. I have to say that I am mostly motivated to take the 23 hour flight to Cambodia, just to see these amazing structures. The photos below are photos of some of the Temples at Angkor Wat that my wife took herself. It is truly breathtaking-and I would venture to say that these Temples are if not better, definitely close to the mysteries of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids.

There are many things to do in Cambodia. Touring the ancient cities is one of them. There are ancient statues, temples, markets, and so much more. Check out the pictures!

Interesting Facts About Cambodia

  • Main Language: Khmer
  • Main Religion: Buddhism (Theravada)
  • Population: 14.8 million (UN, 2005)
  • Ethnic group: Khmer, Vietnamese and Chinese minorities
  • Monetary unit: 1 riel = 100 sen
  • Climate: tropical humid climate: rainy (monsoon) season (May to November) and dry season (December to April)
  • Capital: Phnom
  • Major Cities: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanouk Ville, Koh Kong
  • Independence: 9 November 1953
  • GNI per capita: US $380 (World Bank)
  • Major Exports: Garments, Fisheries Products, Rubber
  • Major Imports: petroleum products, construction materials, vehicles and motorcycles, clothing
  • Direct Flight: from Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, and Guangzhou


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