At Phare Ponleu Selpak, an arts organization in Battambang city, Ot Veasna has been learning painting for about five years now. The 31-year-old artist, who has been deaf and dumb since birth, told VOA Khmer in a recent interview that the skills have helped him express his feelings through abstract paintings. Using sign language and an interpreter, he explained the meaning of the painting skills he is honing. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Battambang province.
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.