HCH 9 / March 2016
In the Capital of Cambodia, by Tania Shybko
During our visit in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, we spent lots of time walking along the Tonlé Sap river which crosses the city, observing people and chatting with them, taking photos and simply enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of the riverside.
We also took the time to pay a tribute to the recent Cambodian history, and more specifically to the Khmer Rouge period, by visiting the S-21 Museum in the center of Phnom Penh (a former prison where around 16,000 people were detained and tortured), as well as the so-called Killing Fields where mass killings of the prisoners were performed.
As there are several big markets in Phnom Penh, we spent some time enjoying their lively atmosphere.
We also assisted at a music and dance performance by Cambodian artists which presented local traditions and customs related to all the key moments of life: birth, marriage, death…
Of course, we also visited Phnom Penh’s temples and parks… and, obviously, in order to move around the capital, we jumped from one “tuk-tuk”, a vehicle often used for transport in several Asian countries, to another!
I. At the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
II. On the quay of Tonlé Sap river, Phnom Penh
III. Silhouettes, Phnom Penh
IV. At the night market, Phnom Penh
V. At the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, Phnom Penh
VI. A glance, Phnom Penh
VII. Green eyes, Phnom Penh
VIII. In a tuk-tuk, Phnom Penh
IX. The living shadows, Phnom Penh
X. Exchanging smiles, Phnom Penh
Originally published on No Boundaries on February 23, 2015