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Things About Cambodia That You May Not Know

Updated on June 22, 2017

Flag of Cambodia

The Flag of Cambodia has a flag in the center of it and it is the only flag of its kind.
The Flag of Cambodia has a flag in the center of it and it is the only flag of its kind. | Source

Landmines

Bombs leftover from the war are still all over the place and buried under ground.
Bombs leftover from the war are still all over the place and buried under ground. | Source

It's Estimated That Cambodia Has 4 Million Landmines

Cambodians are killed and maimed all the time from leftover bomb remnants from the Vietnam War. These mines explode when they are stepped on as it triggers it for detonation. A humanitarian team has been stationed in the country showing a true effort in locating and defusing these bombs before more damage is done. This sad fact about landmines just goes to show that war should definitely be a last resort. I can only hope this issue gets resolved sooner rather than later.

Map of Cambodia

Cambodia

Cambodia is surrounded by several countries including Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
Cambodia is surrounded by several countries including Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. | Source

Cambodians Do Not Celebrate Birthdays

The country of Cambodia does not recognize birthday celebrations and lots of the people do not even know their age anyway. It is a sad situation but if you do not know about celebrating the day of your birth then you do not care about it and it is not a worry. Many of the residents do not possess birth certificates and besides celebrating the day of a person's birth is basically unknown to Cambodians. It sounds wild but always remember each culture is different and we all have traditions that vary.

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Spider-licious

Cambodians once were starved and had to eat stuff like tarantulas. Now, more than half the country eat them all the time.
Cambodians once were starved and had to eat stuff like tarantulas. Now, more than half the country eat them all the time. | Source

Cambodians Eat Tarantulas

During a brutal purge, many Cambodians were starving and feasted on anything they could find including spiders. Eventually, the nation developed a permanent taste for the fried legs of tarantulas. It is sold all over the land and it is served in several ways including: fried, grilled, steamed and baked. Sauces, spices and dips are often used by locals and it is also added to other food favorites for dinner and lunch. All I can say is I will never eat one myself.

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Giant SoftShell Turtle

This giant softshell turtle appears to be over four feet long. I bet he is heavy, to say the least.
This giant softshell turtle appears to be over four feet long. I bet he is heavy, to say the least. | Source

Endangered Species in Cambodia

Cambodia is home to the giant Soft shell turtle and the Irrawaddy Dolphin. Both of these guys are on the verge of going extinct and poaching should be completely banned on them nut it is not, sadly. Cantor's softshell turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in existence. As far as the Irrawaddy Dolphin goes, they have a weight that ranges from 200 to 500 pounds. Hopefully these mammals can be saved before their fate is sealed.

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Realities of War

Many Cambodians, unfortunately, lose their limbs from constant bomb explosions.
Many Cambodians, unfortunately, lose their limbs from constant bomb explosions. | Source

Cambodia Has Highest Rate of Amputees in the World Per Capita

Cambodia has the highest rate of amputees on the planet per capita because of exploding landmines constantly injuring humans. Arms, legs, digits and sometimes even the head get damaged from bombs blowing up right beneath the feet of those who have the misfortune of stepping down on one. Once again war rears its ugly head and shows what the effects are decades after the fact and it is truly upsetting to know the innocent are paying the price.

A View of Cambodian Beauty

Cambodia is a poor country but the views can be breathtaking.
Cambodia is a poor country but the views can be breathtaking. | Source

Do Not Point Your Toes Toward Another Person in Cambodia

Pointing your toes at another person while engaged in conversation is a big "no, no". Another thing is that pointing your feet or toes anywhere near a temple, Buddha or anything at all concerning religion should be avoided at all costs. By pointing your toes directly at someone you are disrespecting and dishonoring them. This is rarely done to another person unless they are attempting to start a fight on purpose. When sitting down it is advised to turn your feet inward so nobody gets seriously offended.

Rubber Production

Once extracted, the rubber is produced in several factories in Cambodia.
Once extracted, the rubber is produced in several factories in Cambodia. | Source

Rice and Rubber Are Cambodia's Biggest Exports

Cambodia has two major exports which are rice, obviously, and rubber. Rice is all over the place and to say the country has it in abundance would be an understatement. As far as rubber trees, they are spread out all over the region and are exported to several other countries. The majority of the income in the country comes from these two items and it keeps the economy afloat. This is a hardworking country that has to do a bunch in order to receive very little in return.

Cambodian Youths

Cambodia is a very young population where a whopping 55% is under the age of 15.
Cambodia is a very young population where a whopping 55% is under the age of 15. | Source

Over Half of the Population of Cambodia is Under 15 Years Old

Well over half the people that live in the Republic of Cambodia are not even 15 years of age which is extremely sad. During a horrific period of life in Cambodia, forces killed off a great deal of the country's population and Cambodians are finally rebuilding. Life in this area of the world is everything and anything but easy growing up and having to be a man as a boy.

Please share your thoughts on Cambodia in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is beautiful and it's the biggest religious building on earth.
Angkor Wat is beautiful and it's the biggest religious building on earth. | Source

Cambodia Has the Largest Religious Building on the Planet

Angkor Wat is the biggest religious building their is and it is quite impressive to say the least. It is very beautiful and so big that you could get lost walking around in it. The site covers over 400 acres and the monument is visited by tourists all the time when vacationing. The temple was originally built in the early 12th century and it is well preserved without a doubt. Whatever your religion may be this site would be an astonishing place to visit for all to behold.

Cambodian Building Structure

A picture of a building is at the center of the flag if Cambodia.
A picture of a building is at the center of the flag if Cambodia. | Source

The Cambodian Flag Has a Building Picture On It

The Flag of Cambodia is embedded with a building on it. The artwork is in the center of the flag. The biggest religious monument in the entire world called "Angkor Wat" is the structure that can be identified on the country's official flag. Angkor Wat has been on the Cambodian flag ever since 1850 and along with the Afghanistan flag, hold the distinction of being the only flags with buildings on them. Personally, I like the flag and think it is pretty unique.

Soccer is Huge in Cambodia

Sports is a big deal in Cambodia and Soccer is one of the biggest sports in the country.
Sports is a big deal in Cambodia and Soccer is one of the biggest sports in the country. | Source

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      Buster Johnson 3 months ago from Alabama

      Thank you my friend

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      Poppy 3 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I wasn't an expert on Cambodia anyway, but I didn't know most of these facts! I heard toe-pointing in Thailand is rude too. Amazing how half the population is children, that's insane! Great article, really interesting! I'll add it to my Flipboard :)