Postcard Friendship Friday 083: Cambodia’s King-Father Sihanouk

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Today is the first day of the four-day funeral ceremony of the King-Father Norodom Sihanouk. It began with a funeral procession this morning that took the King-Father’s body from the Royal Palace, where it was lying in state for three months now, to the cremation site in front of the National Museum. Thousands of mourners attended the procession and the whole capital was noticeably in a sombre mood.

For this week’s Postcard Friendship Friday, I am sharing with you an iconic landmark in Phnom Penh. This is where I first attended a ceremony where the then-King Norodom Sihanouk attended.

This is the Vimean Eikareach, or the Independence Monument, an obra of Mr. Van Molyvann who is Cambodia's most influential modern architect. Built in 1958 to commemorate those who died during the wars and Cambodia's independence from France.
This is the Vimean Eikareach, or the Independence Monument, an obra of Mr. Van Molyvann who is Cambodia’s most influential modern architect. Built in 1958 to commemorate those who died during the wars and Cambodia’s independence from France.

The Vimean Eikarech monument is located right smack in the city centre, on the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevards. It’s a reddish-brown monument that’s in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, a style or design that is seen in the temples of Angkor and other historical sites. There is a pedestal in the middle where a ceremonial flame is lit by a royal or high official during important occasions. From afar, it looks like an electric fireplace especially when lit at night. Also, take note of the tuktuk (left) and the moto-dop (right) in the foreground. They are two of the common modes of transportation here in the Kingdom.

Too bad I did not really saw then-King Norodom up close because I was very far from the monument 🙁 Since there are no postcards showing the King-Father, let me share with you a stamp issued in his honour.

Rest in peace Your Majesty King-Father. You will  be missed.
Rest in peace Your Majesty King-Father. You will  be missed.

For those following the funeral ceremony of the King-Father, his body lies in state at the cremation site just a block away from the Royal Palace.  The body is scheduled to be cremated on Monday, February 4.

5 thoughts on “Postcard Friendship Friday 083: Cambodia’s King-Father Sihanouk

  1. Thank you, Sheila. I think the photo on the stamp was taken in one of the tree-planting activities that the King-Father supports. It is a sad, sad time for all the people in the Kingdom.

  2. Such a sad occasion for the Cambodian people. The postcard is wonderful. From the stamp issued in his honor, he looks like he was such a kind man and a real lover of the environment. Thank you for sharing this post.

  3. I agree with Sheila, we rarely see the private side of royalty. Tree planting is such a good thing for the country. One of my friends came and planted a tree in memory of my father. it was so thoughtful of her. <br /><br />Thankyou for sharing as such a sensitive time.

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