For many Cambodians, Facebook has become a hit. But for one Cambodian, Facebook made her a hit. The singer, who identified herself as Oun Phea, began posting video of herself singing on Facebook a few weeks ago. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports on what happened next.
The late former king Norodom Sihanouk left a long-lasting legacy for Cambodia during his decades of service to the nation. Despite of his early affiliation with the Khmer Rouge, his death late last year drew over one million mourners to the capital, where his funeral ceremonies were held this month. But what will be next for the monarchy? VOA Khmer's Ly Moryvann and Men Kimseng discuss the future of Cambodian royalty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.