Thursday, June 24, 2010

Battambang exposed

A colonial villa in disrepair, ripe for investment and restoration in Battambang
Historically, Battambang is Cambodia's 2nd city and the municipal authorities in this sleepy northwestern city are taking steps to preserve their rich urban heritage that include a variety of historic buildings, over 800 alone from the French colonial time, for example. This initiative is called 'Our City - Our Heritage' and is aimed at preserving these valuable buildings in their original state as much as possible. They even have a website called the Battambang Heritage Preservation Initiative which is well worth checking out. In addition, Khmer Architecture Tours have now published two walking maps of Battambang on their website, offering their personal view of two walking routes in the city which will give you an overview of the different types of buildings you can see. See the maps here. Battambang is one of the jewels often overlooked by visitors to Cambodia. I recommend you take the time to get to know it a bit better.

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