Saturday, April 17, 2010

90 years old this month

An old postcard showing the opening ceremony in 1920
April 1920 saw the opening of the National Museum of Cambodia. Kent Davis at his website has the inside story and pictures from Nicole Groslier, daughter of the museum's designer and first conservator, celebrating the museum's 90th anniversary.

A far less welcome anniversary, is the arrival in Phnom Penh 35 years ago today, of the Khmer Rouge to begin a period of Cambodian history that has affected every member of the population. Within days the city's inhabitants had been forced out into the countryside and Phnom Penh became a virtual ghost town. The rest is history of the worst possible kind.

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Blogger Joe Bren said...

The National Museum is of my favorite places to visit on my many trips to PP.
Peter Sharrock's discoveries should not be a surprise as they're always finding new things in the desert of Egypt, so it's no surprise that there's lots to find out at Angkor Wat and environs. Keep looking.

April 17, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

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