Posted by: James Shannon | January 21, 2013

The Knotted Gun Monument and Other Odds And Ends Around Phnom Penh, Cambodia

DSCN0646Khmer men crowd around a cafe’s available TV screen as Khmer and Thai boxing matches play out in tandem … gambling on the fights was rampant, and different factions were loudly urging their “horses” on … good times!

After a long week of sightseeing, my time in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, was drawing to a close. Flights bound for the Philippines had been booked, and so the race was on to see what else this dusty but exciting burg had in store for me …

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DSCN0641The Knotted Gun Monument, located in the northern part of PP, was installed by the Cambodian government in 1999, after the surrender of the Khmer Rouge. This statue is a replica of the original work by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, which is sculpture designed to promote the cause of non-violence throughout the world.

DSCN0615 Placed outside one of the many governmental agencies lining Norodom Road in Central Phnom Penh. Given the government’s reputation for corruption, I’m not holding my breath that any of these gripes will be heard … better than nothing though…!

DSCN0624Erm, ummmmm …. 😛

DSCN0654The National Museum of Cambodia … no photography allowed inside, but a lovely building/museum, lots of great exhibits, well worth the $3 paid for admission.

DSCN0668After returning from one last great meal at Viva’s, my group came across this lonely children’s amusement park on Sisowath Quay … slow night I guess!

And with that, Cambodia trip 2012 had concluded. But before heading back to Canada to consider my future plans and recharge my bank account, there was time for one more trip. I had been back in SE Asia for more than 2 months, yet I hadn’t broken any new ground. Time to head for the Philippines, widely considered to be one of the happiest countries on Earth. This will be incredible, you won’t want to miss it folks!

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