The museum has the world’s largest collections of Cambodian art, including sculptural, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. The Museum’s collection includes more than 14,000 items, from prehistoric times to periods before, during, and after the Khmer Empire, which at its height stretched from Thailand, across present-day Cambodia, to southern Vietnam. The Museum buildings, inspired by Khmer temple architecture, were constructed between 1917 and 1924, the museum was officially inaugurated in 1920, and renovated in 1968.,
Museum in Phnom Penh Kingdom of Cambodia
Together with the adjacent Royal University of Fine Arts and its Department of Archaeology, the National Museum of Cambodia works to enhance knowledge of and preserve Cambodian cultural traditions and to provide a source of pride and identity to the Cambodian people. The Museum also serves a religious function; its collection of important Buddhist and Hindu sculpture addresses community religious needs as a place of worship. A permanent exhibition, Post-Angkorian Buddha, supported by UNESCO and a number of individuals and local businesses, opened in 2000 to extend the religious function of the Museum.
A lovely old Monk, who opened this part of the Temple to show me and then gave me a blessing..
Wat Phnom, somewhere cool on a very hot day.
Two funny girls I met on the waterfront.
Lotus flowers ready for the market.
On the waterfront.
My favourite Coconut seller.
Bird sellers wait for the crowds to arrive.
A huge gold store near the main market.
A very cool little shake stall.
Lotus seller early morning. All his flowers were gone in half an hour.
My Tuk Tuk driver.
Sunrise on the waterfront.
Cambodia was known as Kampuchea from 1976 until 1989. Democratic Kampuchea was a communist regime that between 1975 and 1979 ruled the Southeast Asia country of Cambodia. The state was renamed back to Cambodia in 1990 in the run up to the UN-sponsored Paris Peace Agreement conference of 1991.