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Sihanouk’s Golden Urn Returned to Royal Palace i
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07 February 2013
The urn containing the late king Norodom Sihanouk’s remains was moved out of its crematorium on Thursday and into the Royal Palace, its final place of rest, on the last day of a weeklong funeral rite for the former monarch. A portion of Sihanouk’s remains were cast into the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers on Tuesday. A golden urn containing the other portion was moved from the Preah Meru field, where Sihanouk’s cremation took place on Monday, to the palace, in a procession limited to members of the royal family and key dignitaries. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.

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Sihanouk’s Cremains Cast to the Rivers of Cambodia i
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05 February 2013
A royal procession Tuesday carried a portion of King-Father Norodom Sihanouk’s cremains to the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, a place known as Chaktomuk and considered supernaturally powerful by many Cambodians. The cremains were walked onto a ceremonial boat by a delegation led by Prince Norodom Yuvaneath, one of Sihanouk’s sons. The boat floated into the river before the cremains were cast into the water. VOA Khmer reporter Heng Reaksmey has more.
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Video Sihanouk’s Cremains Cast to the Rivers of Cambodia

A royal procession Tuesday carried a portion of King-Father Norodom Sihanouk’s cremains to the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, a place known as Chaktomuk and considered supernaturally powerful by many Cambodians. The cremains were walked onto a ceremonial boat by a delegation led by Prince Norodom Yuvaneath, one of Sihanouk’s sons. The boat floated into the river before the cremains were cast into the water. VOA Khmer reporter Heng Reaksmey has more.
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Video Sihanouk Cremated, Surrounded by Cambodians

The body of Norodom Sihanouk was cremated Monday night in an elaborate Buddhist ceremony, under bright lights and stars, surrounded by tens of thousands of the people who looked up to him as a leader for more than six decades. The central quarter of Phnom Penh near the Royal Palace was filled with Cambodians, scores of them weeping. VOA Khmer's Say Mony spoke from the cremation site with VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey in Washington.
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Video Poet Recites Ode to Sihanouk, as Cambodia Weeps

Thousands poured onto the streets of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for the royal funeral procession carrying the casket of former King Norodom Sihanouk. He will be cremated Monday in a Buddhist ceremony. Cambodians old and young mourned the revered Norodom Sihanouk, who passed in Beijing in October at the age of 89. His casket moved through six kilometers of central Phnom Penh streets, departing the Royal Palace and arriving at the nearby cremation ground. They wept. They chanted. They prayed. Among them was a 59-year-old farmer from Kampong Cham province named Tia Tha. In tribute to the late King, Tia Tha chants a poem he wrote when he learned of Sihanouk's death. VOA Khmer’s Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
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Photogallery Cremation of Former King Sihanouk Takes Place in Cambodia

Cambodians gathered in Phnom Penh to cremate the country’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk. In recent days, tens of thousands of Cambodians have paid their respects at the cremation sit next to the Royal Palace. For Cambodians, the chance to say farewell to their former king has now ended
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Video Emotion Escalates As Cremation of King Father Getting Close

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians flooded streets of Phnom Penh Friday for funeral proceedings for King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who died in October in Beijing. Emotion escalates amongst Cambodian mourners as the funeral procession carrying his casket move through the streets of the capital city to cremation site next to the palace, where he was crowned as a teenager king 1941. Rick Valenzuela reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
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Video Mourners From All Over Cambodia Pay Respects to Former King

Mourners from throughout Cambodia gathered at the Royal Palace on Friday to pay their last respects to former King, Norodom Sihanouk. The coffin was at a crematorium after a funeral procession where it will remain for three days before the King's cremation on Monday. A woman from Phnom Penh said that the King remains a symbol of solidarity and peace among Cambodians. Reuters, Phnom Penh.
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Video ​Thai Prisoner Released Along With 400 Cambodian Inmates

The Cambodian government released a Thai prisoner from Prey Sar prison on Friday after a request from Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Reuters, Phnom Penh.
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Photogallery Mourning in the Streets as Sihanouk Procession Begins

The funeral procession for Cambodia’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk, began Friday, starting in the pre-dawn hours as soldiers and military in ceremonial garb gathered in Phnom Penh, where between 1 million and 3 million mourners are expected to travel in coming days. Photo by Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer.
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Video Mourning in the Streets as Sihanouk Cremation Ceremonies Begin

The funeral procession for Cambodia’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk, began Friday, starting in the pre-dawn hours as soldiers and military in ceremonial garb gathered in Phnom Penh, where between 1 million and 3 million mourners are expected to travel in coming days. Sihanouk will be cremated Monday, after days of ceremony, as Cambodians remember his legacy, which began with the country’s independence from France in the 1950s, carried into the Khmer Rouge era, and only ended in 2004, when he abdicated and passed the throne to his son, Norodom Sihamoni. (VOA Khmer’s Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh)
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Video Sihanouk Funeral Procession Starts With One Million Mourners

Funeral procession ceremonies begin Friday for former king Norodom Sihanouk, whose body will be cremated on Feb. 4. Up to 1 million people pour into the streets of Phnom Penh to mourn the former monarch, known to many as “King Father,” who died following a heart attack in Beijing in October. (VOA Khmer’s Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh and video footage from Reuters and AP)
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Video In Tribute, Musicians Perform Songs of Sihanouk

Norodom Sihanouk, the revered former king whose cremation ceremonies begin on Friday, was a music lover, singer and composer. In Phnom Penh, two separate groups of music students have decided to pay tribute to the former monarch by performing some of his favorite music. The musicians say that though the “King Father” is gone, his songs remain. Opera student Hy Kimchanthavuth, recently performed in Phnom Penh, singing three Sihanouk classics: “Charming Lady,” “November Breeze” and “Love Without Hope.” VOA Khmer’s Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
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Photogallery Cambodia Prepares for Cremation of Former King Sihanouk

Cambodian authorities have completed preparations for the cremation Monday of the country’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk, who died in October at age 89. Sihanouk was the father of Cambodia’s independence, yet his successes remain tarnished by his 1970 alliance with the Khmer Rouge.
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Video Sihanouk's National Congress Remembered

Mourners of former king Norodom Sihanouk say they want to see the resumption of the late king's once popular National Congress, a public forum where people could voice their grievances and raise problems for the state authority to solve. While the body of the former kings lies in state inside the Royal Palace following his death earlier this month, many of his subjects still remember the congress, one of him best-known legacies. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
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Video In Sihanouk's Passing, Loss of a Witness To History

Like many other Cambodians, Pouch Kri reveres the "king father," Norodom Sihanouk, who passed away in Beijing last week. But the 74-year-old is also disappointed, he said, because one thing Sihanouk never did was clarify his role in the rise of the Khmer Rouge before the UN-backed tribunal underway in Phnom Penh. Sihanouk, who spent much of his time in China after abdicating in 2004, never went before the court, which is currently trying aging Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, for atrocity crimes. (Say Mony, Phnom Penh)
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Video Social Media Resounds With News of 'King Father,' Cambodia's Original Blogger

News of the death of Cambodia’s former king, Norodom Sihanouk, attracted an unprecedented response from news and social media sites. Bun Tharum, a technology reporter and VOA Khmer contributor, says young Cambodians took to social media, especially Facebook, to follow and share news and pay tribute to the former monarch, who was also the country’s first blogger. In this “Digital Voices” segment, Bun Tharum explains Sihanouk's blogging legacy to VOA Khmer’s Soeung Sophat.
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Video In Washington, Sihanouk Remembered for Peaceful Independence

Mourning for deceased former king Norodom Sihanouk continued in the Washington area, with mourners from the capital, Maryland and Virginia holding a seven-day ceremony at the Buddhi Karama pagoda in Silver Springs, Ma. Here, he was remembered for his efforts to bring Cambodia out of colonialism without violence. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports.
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Video King Body Arrives in Phnom Penh

The body of former King Norodom Sihanouk was returned to Cambodia Wednesday, guided through the streets of the capital in a funeral procession as throngs of onlookers and mourners crowded the streets. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports.
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Video State Department Official Pays Respects to Sihanouk at Cambodian Embassy

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia and ASEAN Affairs Joseph Yun visited the Cambodian Embassy on Wednesday to offer condolences on the death of Cambodia’s King-Father Norodom Sihanouk. Yun said Sihanouk remained influential in Cambodian affairs for more than six decades. Cambodian Ambassador Hem Heng appealed for Cambodians to continue to follow Sihanouk’s example of national reconciliation. Diplomats from other countries visited the embassy to honor Sihanouk. VOA Khmer’s Kimseng Men and Sisovann Pin have the report.
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Video Sam Rainy: The Death of King Father, The Great Lost for Cambodia

King Father Norodom Sihanouk's death shocks and saddens Sam Rainsy, who is now in France anticipating the return to Cambodia through political reconciliation. "We are all most shocked by the news of King Father's death," Sam Rainsy, who is in France, told VOA Khmer's Sok Khemera in Washington in a skype interview on Tuesday. Sam Rainsy added he is worried that present leaders could forget or even ignor the king's advice of national reconciliation. Former King Norodom Sihanouk passed away Monday morning of heart attack. The Cambodia government plans on bringing his body back to Cambodia on Wednesday.
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Video Cambodia Prepares To Receive Body of Former King

Mourners are expected to throng the streets of Phnom Penh this week when Cambodia receives the body of its former monarch, Norodom Sihanouk, who died in Beijing early Monday of a heart attack. Cambodian officials say they expect at least 100,000 people to come out in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, when Sihanouk’s body is to be brought back by his son, King Norodom Sihamoni, and Prime Minister Hun Sen, who flew to Beijing Monday. Sihanouk’s body will be interred at the Royal Palace for viewing for three months before a cremation ceremony is held, Royal Palace officials and government spokesman Khieu Kanharith told VOA Khmer. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey and Kong Sothanarith report from Cambodia.
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Video Cambodians Pour Into Streets of Phnom Penh to Mourn King Father

Flags across Cambodians are flying at half-staff as mourners pour into the streets to express their sadness because of the death of former king Norodom Sihanouk. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports.
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Photogallery Mourning Continues for Cambodia's 'King Father'

Cambodians entered a second day of mourning Tuesday for their revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, as preparations were made to return his body from China. Tearful mourners placed a small wreath outside the royal palace in the Cambodian capital and offered prayers for the man they called "King-Father," who died of a heart attack in Beijing Monday.
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Photogallery Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk Dies

The body of former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk arrived in Phnom Penh October 17, where thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects.
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Photogallery Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk Dies

The body of former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk arrived in Phnom Penh October 17, where thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects.

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Cambodians Mourn Late King in Funeral Procession

Many of the mourners wept as the funeral procession carrying former king Norodom Sihanouk's casket wove through the streets of the capital city.
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Video In Tribute, Musicians Perform Songs of Sihanouk

Norodom Sihanouk, the revered former king whose cremation ceremonies begin on Friday, was a music lover, singer and composer.
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Security Prep Underway for Sihanouk Funeral Procession

The funeral procession, which begins Friday, will include 4,000 police, military personnel, public servants, lawmakers, ministers and other officials.
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Cambodia Prepares for Cremation of Former King Sihanouk

Sihanouk was the father of Cambodia’s independence, yet his successes remain tarnished by his 1970 alliance with the Khmer Rouge.
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Video Art Pieces Dedicated to Late King Norodom Sihanouk

It took him five weeks to create the works, which are collected in an exhibition called “Farewell, Cambodia,” after the title of one of Sihanouk’s favorite songs.
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Second Mourning Period for ‘King Father’ To Begin in February

Sihanouk, who abdicated the throne in 2004, after ruling over some of Cambodia’s most tumultuous years, died of a heart attack in Beijing on Oct. 15, two weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
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Mourners See Former King’s Face in the Moon

Sihanouk, a revered figure throughout much of Cambodia, died in Beijing on Oct. 15.
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Mourning for Sihanouk Takes Place of This Year’s Water Festival

Civil servants still get three days off this year, but residents say its not the same.
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Cremation of Former King Set for Early February

The remains of former king Norodom Sihanouk will be cremated on Feb. 4, ahead of the Chinese New Year, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Thursday.
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Photogallery Cambodians Somberly Mark Independence Day

Hundreds of people gathered at Independence Monument in Phnom Penh on Friday to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Cambodia’s independence from France.
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Video Sihanouk’s National Congress Remembered

Sihanouk gained much of his popularity from the people, allowing them to voice their grievances and having relevant government officials respond to the National Congress.
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Photogallery Authorities Consider Public Palace Viewing of ‘King Father’

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said authorities are determining how best to provide safety and security to the throngs of people who would likely enter and exit the palace for a viewing.
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Former King Sihanouk To Be Cremated First Week of February

Cambodia has begun cremation ceremony preparations for the late former king Norodom Sihanouk, whose body will lie in state at the Royal Palace until February, royal officials said Friday.
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In Sihanouk’s Passing, Loss of a Witness To History

Pouch Kri said he is disappointed because one thing Sihanouk never did was clarify his role in the rise of the Khmer Rouge before the UN-backed tribunal underway in Phnom Penh.
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Manager Arrested for Tearing King Father’s Portrait Away From Worker

Cambodian police arrested a garment factory manager and charged her with crimes related to insulting the monarchy on Monday.
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Photogallery Condolences at Home and Abroad for Former King

Delegates from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam paid their respects at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Friday, before meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen, officials said.
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Audio Mourning, Remembrance Continue as ‘King Father’ Lies in State

The grounds between the Royal Palace and the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers were full of mourners Thursday, most wearing white.
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Video Opposition Leader Seeks Return To Mourn Sihanouk

Sam Rainsy is facing at least 10 years imprisonment if he returns to Cambodia, on charges related to destroying border markers near Vietnam in 2009.
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Photogallery Throngs Pour Into Streets for Former King’s Funeral Procession

His body will lie in state at the Royal Palace for three months, before a cremation ceremony is held.
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Photogallery Historians Look at Former King’s ‘Mixed’ Legacy

Former king Norodom Sihanouk's most lasting legacy was the winning of independence for his country from colonial France in 1953.
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Photogallery Former Cambodian King's Body Arrives in Phnom Penh

Thousands line streets of capital to pay their respects after monarch's body arrives by plane.
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Video Thousands Gather Outside Palace To Mourn Former King

“I loved His Majesty, but now I’ve lost him,” said Chhun Chenda, who lives in Phnom Penh and said she wanted his body returned to Cambodia.
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Video In Maryland, Sihanouk Remembered, Mostly Fondly

The temple’s chief layman, Koy Moeun, said he hoped the king would rest and peace and “receive all the merit we have done at the temple for him.”
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Audio As Former King Passes, Monarchy Remains

Son Soubert, an adviser to King Sihamoni, told “Hello VOA” that the monarchy remains, giving Cambodians an identity that provides political stability under a kingdom.
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Photogallery Mourning Continues for Cambodia's 'King Father'

Condolence messages poured in from around the world for former king Norodom Sihanouk who died of a heart attack Monday at the age of 89.
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Video Cambodian-Americans Mourn Death of Former King Sihanouk

Mourners in Washington area have been stopping by a Cambodian Buddhist temple to pay respects.
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Photogallery Cambodia's Former King Leaves Mixed Legacy

Norodom Sihanouk led his nation to independence, but also aligned himself with murderous Khmer Rouge regime.
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Photogallery China Considered Cambodian King Key Ally

Sihanouk played important role in developing close political and financial ties with Beijing.
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Photogallery Cambodia Prepares To Receive Body of Former King

The former monarch was revered by many citizens of Cambodia, which is a constitutional monarchy with a god-king tradition from ancient times.
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Photogallery Cambodia Mourns Former King Who Shaped Decades of History

State flags flew at half-staff as local television stations aired tributes to Cambodia’s former king.
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Photogallery Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk Dies

He led Cambodia to independence, but his role in the murderous reign of the Khmer Rouge marred his legacy.
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