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Phnom Penh Paperback – Import, January 25, 2008
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- Publisher : Signal Books Ltd; First Edition (January 25, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1904955401
- ISBN-13 : 978-1904955405
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.59 x 0.71 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,705,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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(Cities Of The Imagination)
by Milton E. Osborne
For a brief moment in time, in the 1960’s, Phnom Penh was called ‘the pearl of Asia’ with a reputation of the most attractive city in Southeast Asia. All the rest of Phnom Penh’s history was rather troubled, and even horrifying in the 1970 with a civil war and the rule of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge.
Milton Osborn tells the history of Phnom Penh in many interesting details based on a complete library he read and quotes and from his own experience ever since the 1960’s, the hay days of Phnom Penh.
A must read for everyone planning to visit the city, as I did in January 2018. After a visit to the mesmerising temples of Angkor Wat I was a little disappointed in Phnom Penh. Having read about the troubled history of the city helped me better to understand my own disappointment. In search of the Wat Prayuvong everything fell at its place. The Wat (temple) itself was a little difficult to find, the neighbourhood was a maze of houses and small ‘Buddha Factories’. In order to replace the countless Buddhas and ritual objects smashed by the Khmer Rouge, a whole neighbourhood of private workshops making cement Buddhas, naga’s (the holy snake that protects the Buddha) and small stupas has grown around the Wat Prayuvong. While the graceless cement figures painted in gaudy colours are hardly works of art, they are an effort by the Cambodian people to restore Buddhism to a place of honour in their culture. A job close to impossible to do, because not only were the temple destroyed by the Khmer Rouge also a whole generation of monks was killed. In the friendliness of the people around the temple and their enthusiasm to rebuild and redecorated the temples I again realised Phnom Penh’s and Cambodia’s greatest treasure.