His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk
Her Majesty Preah Reach Akka-Mohesey Norodom Monineath Sihanouk

Royal Crest

 
Nation Religion King

 

1. The sun rays of the Khmer civilisation

2. The two umbrellas signifying the king and queen

3.The sword of the king symbolises the power and equal justice

4. Mythology lions - The force of the Cambodian people around the throne

5. The sovereign of the Kingdom of Cambodia

6. The colour is golden 

Flag

1. Blue: The Royalty

2. Red: The Nation

3. White: The Religion 

Nowadays, the national flag reflects the trilogy of
Nation Religion King
motto of the Khmer monarchy.

His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk

His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk

1922 Born October 31 in Phnom Penh, son of HM Norodom Suramarit and HM Sisowath Kossamak Nearireath.

1941 Becomes reigning monarch, succeeding King Monivong.

1946 Attends his first meeting with French President Charles de Gaulle. Begins studies at military college in Saumur, France.

1953 Realizes fundamental ambition as France grants Cambodia independence after nearly a century of colonial rule. Kingdom of Cambodia formally established.

1954 Hosts Nehru's first visit to Cambodia.

1955 Abdicates throne. Succeeded by his father, HM Norodom Suramarit. Creates 'Sangkum Reastr Niyum' political movement and is swept to power as Prime Minister in subsequent Cambodian election. Receives his first visit from China’s Chou En-lai.

1956 Visits Yugoslavia for his first meeting with Tito. Does some with China and Mao Tse-tung. Becomes fifth charter signatory to the declaration from which emerged the Non-Aligned Nations.

1970 Deposed by Lon Nol. From Beijing and Pyongyang, heads National United Front of Kampuchea (FUNK) opposition against Lon Nol government.

1975 Following Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia, returns to Phnom Penh, but is effectively under house arrest at Royal Palace.

1981 Becomes president of the National United Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful and Cooperative Cambodia (FUNCINPEC).

1987 Begins first peace talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

1989 Awarded honorary doctorate by the l'Universite d'Aix-Marseille, France.

1991 Returns to Phnom Penh after playing prominent role in talks leading to Paris Peace Agreements.

1993 Reinvested as King - with the title HM Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk Varman - as Cambodia becomes constitutional monarchy, after undergoing UN-sponsored elections. His son, Prince Ranariddh, elected First Prime Minister. Makes periodic trips to Beijing for medical tests and treatment.

Office of the King
Royal Palace
Phnom Penh
Telephone: (+855 23) 426801
Facsimile: (+855 23) 426802

Cambodia's Ambassadors

Australia

Hor  Nam Bora  (CPP)

Brunei  

Prince Sisowath Phandaravong  (Fun)

Burma

Nhim Chantara  (CPP)

China 

Khek Sysoda (Royal  appointment)*

Cuba

Chhim Prong  (CPP)

France

Prak Sokhonn (CPP)

Germany

Khek  Lerand  (Fun)

India

Cheang Eng Nguon (CPP)*

Indonesia

Khem  Bunneang  (Fun)

Japan

Ing Kieth  (Fun)

Laos

Huot Phal (CPP)

Malaysia 

Keo Puth  Rasmei (Royal appointment)

North  Korea 

Oum Mannourine (Royal  appointment)*

Philippines 

Ek  Sereywath  (Fun)

Russia 

Ros Kung (CPP)

Singapore

Kem  Mongkol (CPP)

Thailand

Ung Sean  (CPP)

UN

Ouch Borith  (CPP)*

US 

Eng Roland (Fun)

Vietnam

Var  Simsamreth (CPP)*

* Retained (all others are newly appointed)

CPP -  Nominated by the Cambodian People's Party
Fun - Nominated by the Funcinpec  Party
Royal appointees are appointed directly by the King and are regarded  as
neutral. 

Royal Family

The Royal Family Lineage

Royal Palace

 

Royal Palace

 

Throne 

Silver Pagoda

Rama

History of Cambodia

Cambodia's modem-day culture has its roots in the 1st to 6th centuries in a state referred to as Funan, known as the oldest Indianized state in Southeast Asia. It is from this period that evolved Cambodia's language, part of the Mon-Khmer family, which contains elements of Sanskrit, its ancient religion of Hinduism and Buddhism. Historians have noted, for example, that Cambodians can be distinguished from their neighbors by their clothing - checkered scarves known as kramas are wom instead of straw hats.

Funan gave way to the Angkor Empire with the rise to power of King Jayavarman II in 802. The following 600 years saw powerful Khmer kings dominate much of present day Southeast Asia, from the borders of Myanmar east to the South China Sea and north to Laos. It was during this period that Khmer kings built the most extensive concentration of religious temples in the world - the Angkor temple complex. The most successful of Angkor's kings, Jayavarman II, Indravarman I, Suryavarman II and Jayavarman VII, also devised a masterpiece of ancient engineering: a sophisticated irrigation system that includes barays (gigantic man-made lakes) and canals that ensured as many as three rice crops a year. Part of this system is still in use today.

As the Angkor period ended, Cambodia's capital moved south to Lovek, then to Udong, and finally to the present-day capital of Phnom Penh. Among the main features of the post-Angkorean era, besides the movement of the capital, was a widespread conversion to Theravada Buddhism, illustrated on temple carvings, where Buddhist features gradually replaced Hindu features.

The 15th to 17th centuries represented a time of foreign influence, when expansionist Siam and Vietnam fought over Cambodia.

By the mid- 1800s, Cambodia, like most other countries in Asia, came under increasing pressure from European colonial powers. In 1863, the country agreed to protection from France. King Norodom signed a Protectorate Treaty between King Norodom and the French.

There are two dynastic families within the Cambodian Royal Family - the switched. The heir apparent, a Norodom, was replaced instead with a Sisowath. In 1941, the throne switched back to the Norodoms with the crowing of Cambodia's current king, Norodom Sihanouk. He was 18.

In 1945, the Japanese briefly ousted the French. Encouraged, King Sihanouk campaigned tirelessly and in 1953 he succeeded in winning independence for Cambodia, effectively ending 90 years under French protectorate. King Sihanouk abdicated the throne to his father and took the reins of government himself as head of state.

Throughout the 1950s and '60s Cambodia was self-sufficient and prospered in many areas. However, the quagmire of growing war in Vietnam spread relentlessly, and in 1970, as war spilled over into Cambodia, Prince Sihanouk was overthrown by General Lon Nol.

Then, 17 April 1975, Lon Nol's weakened government was itself overthrown by the Khmers Rouges. They immediately emptied the capital of its residents and brought Prince Sihanouk back, only to hold him under house arrest. The ensuing four years "reign of terror" under Pol Pot's Democratic Kampuchea resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1.7million people.

In 1979 the Khmers Rouges were overthrown and the People's Republic of Kampuchea was established.

In 1989 the government renamed the country State of Cambodia. The SOC ruled independently until the Paris Peace Agreement of 1991 created the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC).. Supported by the presence of some 22,000 UN troops, UNTAC in May 1993 supervised general elections in Cambodia. A second general election was held in 1998.

Cambodia today enjoys a parliamentary system with one prime minister, Samdech Hun Sen. A constitution was adopted in 1993, the same year King Norodom Sihanouk returned to the throne His Majesty remains a symbol of national unity to his people.

Films and Music

1966

APSARA

1966

THE ENCHANTED FOREST

1967

CORTEGE ROYAL

1967

THE LITTLE PRINCE

1967

OMBRE SUR ANGKOR

1968

CREPUSCULE (Twilight)

1968

THE JOY OF LIVING

1969

ROSE DE BOKOR

1969

TRAGIC DESTINY

1992

MY VILLAGE AT DUSK

1993

UN CRESUS SAUVETEUR DE FEMMES PAUVRES

1994

A PEASANT MAN AND WOMAN IN DISTRESS

1994

FATALITE

1994

REVOIR ANGKOR .. ET MOURIR

1995

AN AMBITION REDUCED TO ASHES

1995

BUDDHA, DHAMMA, SANGHA, THE ONLY HAVEN

1995

HEIR OF A DEFEATED SECESSIONIST

1996

THE LAST DAYS OF COLONEL SAVATH

1996-97

AN APOSTLE OF NON VIOLENCE

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Charmante
Rose de Phnom Penh
Ne Vous Moquz Pas De Moi
Sakrava
Revoir Java
Good Bye, Bogor
Nostalgie de la Chine
Complainte
Star of Love

Nostalgie
Phnom Penh
Evanescence
Monica
Amour Sans Espoir
Nuit Froide
La Forêt Enchantée
Si Je Pouvais T'Aimer
Séduction


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