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About Cambodia

Cambodia is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Cambodia is the 69th most populous country in the world with a population of over 14.8 million. The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the political, economic, and cultural center of Cambodia.

The head of government is Hun Sen, who is currently the longest serving non-royal leader in South East Asia and has ruled Cambodia for over 25 years. Cambodia is a "vaguely communist free-market state with a relatively authoritarian coalition ruling over a superficial democracy".  Agriculture remains the dominant economic sector, with strong growth in textiles, construction, garments, and tourism leading to increased foreign investment and international trade.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, later a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia. It is the largest religious monument in the world.

Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early Dravidian architecture, with key features such as the Jagati.

The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaodharapura the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum.

The modern name, Angkor Wat, means "Temple City" or "City of Temples". The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

Choeung Ek

Choeung Ek is the best-known of the sites known as The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed over one million people between 1975 and 1979.

It is the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge - killed between 1975 and 1979 - about 17 km south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa. The stupa has acrylic glass sides and is filled with more than 5,000 human skulls. Some of the lower levels are opened during the day so that the skulls can be seen directly. Many have been shattered or smashed in.

 

Dângrêk Mountains

Dângrêk Mountains is a mountain range forming a natural border between Cambodia and Thailand. The Dângrêk are a relatively low mountain system, their average elevation being around 500 m.

The highest summit is Phu Khi Suk, an unconspicuous 753 m high place at the eastern end, in the Chong Bok (603 m) area, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia intersect.

The mountains are mainly formed of massive sandstone with slate and silt. A few characteristic basalt hills, like Dong Chan Yai (293 m) and Dong Chan Noi (290 m) are located on the northern side of the mountain chain in the Ubon Ratchathani Province.

Cuisine

Rice is the staple grain, as in other Southeast Asian countries & Fish from the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers is also an important part of the diet.

The cuisine of Cambodia contains tropical fruits, soups and noodles. Key ingredients are kaffir lime, lemon grass, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, curry, tamarind, ginger, oyster sauce, coconut milk and black pepper.

French influence on Cambodian cuisine includes the Cambodian red curry with toasted baguette bread. The toasted baguette pieces are dipped in the curry and eaten. Cambodian red curry is also eaten with rice and rice vermicelli noodles.

Regions of Cambodia

Banteay Mean Cheay Batdambang Kampong Cham Kampong Chhnang
Kampong Spoe Kampong Thum Kampot Kandal
Kaoh Kong Kracheh Mondol Kiri Other
Phnum Penh Pouthisat Preah Vihear Prey Veng
Rotanokiri Siemreab-Otdar-Meanchey Stoeng Treng Svay Rieng
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