Friday, October 22, 2010

Riddle resolved

This is the Monument to the Dead in all its glory from the pages of Joel Montague's book
Whilst I'd already established that the Monument to the Dead of WWI (I'm sure it had a better name than that), was indeed a fact and not fiction, and was the original home for the two elephants that appear in the garden at the front of the National Museum in Phnom Penh, the new book from Joel Montague called at Picture Postcards of Cambodia: 1900-1950 has confirmed it with a postcard picture of the now ruined monument. It originally stood in the center of the roundabout that sits between the French Embassy at the top of Monivong Boulevard and the road over the Japanese Bridge. That is until it was blown up by the Khmer Rouge in the mid 1970s. The fragments now reside in the garden of the museum, including part of the copper mid-section of the statue. Kudos to Joel and his amazing collection of postcards that fill the pages of his new book, which I bought from Monument Books yesterday.
One of the two remaining elephants, now to be seen in the garden of the National Museum
Part of the copper mid-section of the ruined monument

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Henry said...

That's interesting, I had seen a picture of it, not the one you showed, and seen it on old maps, I wondered what happened to it but guessed it had been destroyed in the 1970s.

October 24, 2010 at 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

Here's the picture I found of it, surrounded by trees-
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y267/houndogboy/monument-to-dead-pp.jpg

October 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Henry, great photo, thanks very much.
Got any more?
Andyt

October 27, 2010 at 12:17 AM  
Anonymous Henry said...

Yeah, click on my name and it should link you to my blog. Otherwise try here for some interseting pictures:
http://belleindochine.free.fr/sommaire.htm

October 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Kent Davis said...

Ah the benefits of Cambodian life...getting those interesting books hot off the presses! (-:

I've just received a copy of "Picture Postcards of Cambodia" and it's as magnificent as you say.

For other exiled readers of your blog copies in the US are available from http://www.dalleybookservice.com/

November 17, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Reach Chanrethy said...

HI SIR !! YOU STILL HAVE THAT Picture Postcards of Cambodia: 1900-1950 BOOK ? IF STILL HAVE COULD YOU PLZ SCAN THE PICTURE OF FRENCH - CAMBODIA MONUMENT INFRONT OF FRANCE EMBASSY ... PLZ !!!! THANK YOU ALOT !!!

January 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM  

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