The 15th of October 2012 is a sad day for Cambodia. King Norodom Sihanouk died in the age of 89 in Beijing – a Cambodian hero passed away.
First of all a little bit of history…born in 1922, lived abroad and studied in Vietnam and France and became King in September 1941 after his maternal grandfather King Sisowath Monivong died. He proclaimed Cambodia’s independence from French Indochina in 1945.
Norodom Sihanouk was the King of Cambodia from 1941 – 1955 and 1993 – 2004 and the effectice ruler of the country from 1953 till 1970. At March,18th 1970 the Khmer Rouge Regime deposed him and put him under arrest in his own palace.
Sihanouk held so many positions since 1941 that the Guiness Book of World Records identifies him as the politician who has served the world’s greatest variety of political offices. These included two terms as king, two as sovereign prince, one as president, two as prime minister, as well as numerous positions as leader of various governments-in-exile.
After his second abdication in 2004 he was know as the “King-Father of Cambodia” and he truly is a hero for the Cambodians.
His son, the actual King Norodom Sihamoni, brought him back to Cambodia on Wednesday,17th which was a huge procession from the airport to the palace and thousands of people showed their honor and went to watch him. Flags were flying at half mast, no clubbing and alcohol for one week and the whole period of mourning the king will last for three month.
Thousands of monks and cambodian citizens went to the kings palace last week to pray for the king and meditated hours in front of the palace.
Even if I didn’t take the pictures on my own this time … here are some improssions what happened in Phnom Penh the last week.
Rest in Peace King Norodom Sihanouk