Cambodia capital – Cambodian Scene http://cambodianscene.com/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 14:39:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://cambodianscene.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-2-120x120.png Cambodia capital – Cambodian Scene http://cambodianscene.com/ 32 32 Condominium prices and rents in Cambodian capital drop in third quarter https://cambodianscene.com/condominium-prices-and-rents-in-cambodian-capital-drop-in-third-quarter/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/condominium-prices-and-rents-in-cambodian-capital-drop-in-third-quarter/ PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): The oversupply and lack of foreign buyers are pushing down the prices of high-end to affordable condominiums in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, local media reported Wednesday (October 13th). Data released by real estate company CBRE-Cambodia showed that selling prices fell 1.8% to 3% across all categories in the third quarter of the […]]]>

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): The oversupply and lack of foreign buyers are pushing down the prices of high-end to affordable condominiums in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, local media reported Wednesday (October 13th).

Data released by real estate company CBRE-Cambodia showed that selling prices fell 1.8% to 3% across all categories in the third quarter of the year, compared to the previous quarter, the Khmer Times reported. .

“Prices for high-end condominiums are currently around US $ 2,700 per square meter,” the newspaper said, quoting Kinkesa Kim, senior director of research and advisory services at the company.

“For the mid-range, we’re looking for a price of around $ 2,300 and around $ 1,300 for the affordable segment,” she said.

The lack of foreigners in Phnom Penh is hurting condo sales and online events do little to increase business, so many developers are turning to local buyers, according to Kim.

“Sales overseas are particularly difficult due to travel restrictions and we’ve heard a lot from developers that it’s not helping at all,” she said.

Kim said many condominium developers struggle to attract residents because they like to invest in land ownership.

Regarding the rental market, she said there had been a sharp drop in prices that landlords could charge in the third quarter. Rents fell from 5.6% to 7.8% quarter on quarter.

There could be a rebound at the end of the fourth quarter and early next year as the country is expected to ease entry restrictions for foreigners as the government plans to issue tourist visas and cut the quarantine in half. 14 days from next month.

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Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh to launch Covid recall campaign on Monday, October 11 https://cambodianscene.com/cambodias-capital-phnom-penh-to-launch-covid-recall-campaign-on-monday-october-11/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/cambodias-capital-phnom-penh-to-launch-covid-recall-campaign-on-monday-october-11/ PHNOM PENH, October 9 (Phnom Penh Post / ANN): The Phnom Penh municipal administration calls on residents of the 14 districts of the capital who have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine to be vaccinated after an interval of four months . In an October 8 notice, he said the third-dose vaccination campaign for […]]]>

PHNOM PENH, October 9 (Phnom Penh Post / ANN): The Phnom Penh municipal administration calls on residents of the 14 districts of the capital who have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine to be vaccinated after an interval of four months .

In an October 8 notice, he said the third-dose vaccination campaign for residents of Phnom Penh will begin on Monday (October 11) in 11 districts and on October 30 in the other three, noting that Sinovac injections will be used.

Six of the 11 districts that will kick off the jab drive on October 11 are Tuol Kork, Russey Keo, Meanchey, Dangkor, Kamboul and Por Sen Chey.

This will be overseen by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces under the Ministry of National Defense.

Only those who have received their first and second doses administered by military doctors should receive the booster in the districts mentioned above. Vaccinations will begin at 2 p.m. for these localities.

The other five districts that will also launch their campaigns on October 11 are Boeung Keng Kang, Chamkarmon, Chbar Ampov, Prampi Makara and Sen Sok.

This will be administered by medical staff from the municipal health ministry and volunteer medical workers. Vaccinations will start at 8 a.m.

The remaining three districts – Daun Penh, Chroy Changvar and Prek Phnov – will begin immunizations on October 30 as part of campaigns overseen by medical staff from the municipal health service and a volunteer medical group.

Vaccinees should bring their vaccination and national identification cards or other documents that they used when receiving their first dose.

They are advised to contact their local authorities or refer to the municipality’s official announcement for more details. – Phnom Penh / ANN post

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Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh’s Covid-19 jab campaign for children ends on a high note https://cambodianscene.com/cambodias-capital-phnom-penhs-covid-19-jab-campaign-for-children-ends-on-a-high-note/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/cambodias-capital-phnom-penhs-covid-19-jab-campaign-for-children-ends-on-a-high-note/ PHNOM PENH, Aug. 14 (Phnom Penh Post / ANN): The Covid-19 vaccination campaign to deliver the first dose to the 12-17 age group in Phnom Penh ended on Saturday, although children who have missed the shot can still get it to designated sites in the next few days. Ngy Mean Heng, director of Phnom Penh’s […]]]>

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 14 (Phnom Penh Post / ANN): The Covid-19 vaccination campaign to deliver the first dose to the 12-17 age group in Phnom Penh ended on Saturday, although children who have missed the shot can still get it to designated sites in the next few days.

Ngy Mean Heng, director of Phnom Penh’s municipal health department, said more than 176,200 children and adolescents in the capital had been vaccinated – which, he said, was a very high and good number.

“We can extend the vaccination period for centers that still have children who come to be vaccinated. In fact, it was scheduled for 14 days, but we will still provide vaccines if more people come tomorrow or the following days, ”he said.

He urged residents of Phnom Penh to bring their children to receive the first dose as soon as possible.

Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine, who also heads the national Covid-19 vaccination program, said more vaccines had been sent to provinces to be administered to the age group 12 to 17 years old, after more than three million doses arrived a few days ago.

“Before, we had to wait for the vaccines to arrive before they could be administered to people in the provinces. But now, [sufficient] the vaccine supplies arrived and we immediately distributed them to the provinces, ”she said.

As of August 13, nearly half a million children nationwide have been immunized. – Phnom Penh / ANN post

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The capital of Cambodia in hard confinement https://cambodianscene.com/the-capital-of-cambodia-in-hard-confinement/ Sun, 11 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/the-capital-of-cambodia-in-hard-confinement/ WE ARE REACHED The provincial administration of Banteay Meanchey published an announcement on the extension of the travel ban south of Wat Thmey, Palilei village 1, Sangkat Poipet, Poipet town in Cambodia until July 6, 2021. After having listed a Covid patient in March 2021, Cambodia now has 540 deaths due to Covid, its government […]]]>

WE ARE REACHED The provincial administration of Banteay Meanchey published an announcement on the extension of the travel ban south of Wat Thmey, Palilei village 1, Sangkat Poipet, Poipet town in Cambodia until July 6, 2021. After having listed a Covid patient in March 2021, Cambodia now has 540 deaths due to Covid, its government announced on June 27, 2021. KHMER TIMES PHOTO

PHNOM PENH: The administration of the capital of Phnom Penh has just published a decision to suspend all “high-risk” businesses and activities suspended in Phnom Penh for another 14 days, from zero hours from July 10 to July 23, 2021.

Businesses of all kinds, such as clubs, karaoke, bars, nightclubs, beer gardens and casinos, resorts, museums and amusement parks, have been ordered to stop their activities.

Massage parlors, cinemas, art theaters, fitness clubs and sports centers have also been ordered to suspend their activities.

Large private gatherings of 15 or more people are also temporarily prohibited, but with a few exceptions. Gatherings of family members and relatives living in a residence or pavilion are permitted.

Various traditional and religious ceremonies, such as the organization of funerals in accordance with the regulations of the relevant authorities and after, are also allowed. The move comes after the continued increase in cases in Phnom Penh and the provinces.

As part of a related development, an additional 4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in Cambodia today (July 11), giving new impetus to the government’s efforts to vaccinate more than 10 million people here This year.

Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health, Youk Sambath, said the vaccines included 3 million doses of Sinovac and 1 million doses of Sinopharm, purchased by Cambodia.

From February 7 to July 6, 2021, Cambodia received 12 million doses of the vaccine. Of these, 2.2 million doses are Sinopharm, 324,000 doses are AstraZeneca from the Covax initiative and 9.5 million doses are Sinovac.

Sambath said the question of when the second batch of the Covax initiative vaccine for Cambodia will arrive was still open.

“Now is not the time to talk about Covax as we get vaccines regularly, our vaccination program is going extremely well and as such let’s focus on that rather than Covax,” she said. to the Khmer Times.

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Capital under 2 weeks of virus lockdown https://cambodianscene.com/capital-under-2-weeks-of-virus-lockdown/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/capital-under-2-weeks-of-virus-lockdown/ Jakarta, Indonesia A two-week COVID-19 lockdown began Thursday in the Cambodian capital and a nearby town. The capital Phnom Penh has seen an increase in infections in recent days and accounted for most of the 344 new cases reported in Cambodia on Thursday. Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday evening announced the decision […]]]>

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A two-week COVID-19 lockdown began Thursday in the Cambodian capital and a nearby town.

The capital Phnom Penh has seen an increase in infections in recent days and accounted for most of the 344 new cases reported in Cambodia on Thursday.

Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday evening announced the decision to impose a 14-day lockdown on Phnom Penh and Ta Khmau, a city about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of the capital.

The lockdown will last at least until April 28, according to the prime minister.

People will be prohibited from leaving their homes unnecessarily, while those traveling for work or business will need to have a letter of attestation from their employers or local authorities.

“People can still go out to buy food or other essentials, but only two people in a household will be allowed to go out and no more than three times a week,” the prime minister said.

He added that people are allowed to leave their homes for health reasons or emergencies, but must adhere to safety measures, including wearing a mask and keeping a distance.

“The lockdown is aimed at ensuring the effectiveness of controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Phnom Penh and Ta Khmau, as well as preventing the spread of the disease to other regions,” Hun Sen added.

Cambodia’s global COVID-19 tally now stands at 5,218 and, as of Tuesday, around 1.17 million of the country’s 16 million people had been vaccinated against the virus, according to the health ministry.

* Written by Maria Elisa Hospita

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Authorities order strict curfew in Cambodian capital to curb spread of coronavirus – Radio Free Asia https://cambodianscene.com/authorities-order-strict-curfew-in-cambodian-capital-to-curb-spread-of-coronavirus-radio-free-asia/ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/authorities-order-strict-curfew-in-cambodian-capital-to-curb-spread-of-coronavirus-radio-free-asia/ Authorities in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh have ordered a strict curfew in an attempt to stem the spread of the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak, but human rights groups called the measure “unrealistic”, saying it would lead to legal problems for people facing emergencies. The government issued a sub-decree on Wednesday suspending all “unnecessary” activities, gatherings […]]]>

Authorities in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh have ordered a strict curfew in an attempt to stem the spread of the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak, but human rights groups called the measure “unrealistic”, saying it would lead to legal problems for people facing emergencies.

The government issued a sub-decree on Wednesday suspending all “unnecessary” activities, gatherings and travel between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. until April 14 to prevent transmission of an epidemic that saw 21 people who had tested positive to COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – has died since February.

The decree includes exceptions that allow people to buy food, get tested for COVID-19, get the coronavirus vaccine, receive medical treatment, or care for a member of the family. family who are “gravely ill” or who have died.

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng told RFA’s Khmer service that employees who work at night must have an official certificate confirming their working hours and must always carry a company ID card to show to authorities .

“Companies must issue official authorization letters to their staff,” he told RFA’s Khmer service.

“Businessmen who have to go to places such as hotels should go home at night with a certificate confirming that they are entitled to do so.”

Khuong Sreng added that all companies are responsible for the actions of their employees and could face legal action, including fines or license suspension, if they are found to be in breach of the curfew.

“The head of the establishment is responsible in the event that staff members leave work and go to drink, which will cause unrest and violate the curfew ordered by the town hall,” he said.

“If we investigate and find out that this is really a problem, it can lead to fines or business closures.”

Members of the public who need to travel during curfew should notify their commune chief or local authorities in advance, Khoung Sreng said.

The police have been ordered to confiscate the vehicles of people who break the curfew and place them in a 14-day quarantine at their homes, he added.

Growing epidemic

The Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed two deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the country’s official number to 16 since early March and a few weeks after the first anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the coronavirus a global pandemic . Five other people confirmed positive for COVID-19 have died during the same period, although the government says their deaths were the result of complications from pre-existing health conditions.

The ministry also announced 37 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 2,477. While Cambodia has remained relatively untouched by the virus, it reported a daily record at the end of the month. latest of 105 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total number of infections to nearly triple that of the last outbreak first detected in February.

Human rights groups on Thursday expressed concern over the curfew, saying the measure was “unrealistic” for people who have to leave their homes at night in an emergency.

Am Sam Ath, deputy director of human rights for the local group Licadho, called on the government to allow certain exceptions to the curfew.

“Regarding people with urgent needs, it will be difficult to inform the authorities or their commune chief and to obtain permission to leave their homes, especially in the middle of the night,” he said.

“There must be exceptions for emergencies related to health or family issues. “

Residents living in locked-down areas of Cambodia as part of an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus have urged the government to provide special aid to help them during the outbreak.

Many Cambodians are now struggling to pay their debts and cover the costs of rent, utility bills and gasoline amid Cambodia’s latest COVID-19 outbreak after an already one-year shutdown of the economy that killed the tourism and entertainment industries.

Reported by the Khmer service of RFA. Translated by Sok Ry Sum. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

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Hundreds march through Cambodian capital to mark Labor Day after ban lifted, SE Asia News & Top Stories https://cambodianscene.com/hundreds-march-through-cambodian-capital-to-mark-labor-day-after-ban-lifted-se-asia-news-top-stories/ Wed, 01 May 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/hundreds-march-through-cambodian-capital-to-mark-labor-day-after-ban-lifted-se-asia-news-top-stories/ PHNOM PENH (DPA) – Hundreds of Cambodian workers marched on Wednesday, May 1 for about 1 km around a block of the capital to mark International Labor Day, with authorities allowing the short procession after banning the marches of the May 1 for years. Trade unions and civil society groups calling for the protection of […]]]>

PHNOM PENH (DPA) – Hundreds of Cambodian workers marched on Wednesday, May 1 for about 1 km around a block of the capital to mark International Labor Day, with authorities allowing the short procession after banning the marches of the May 1 for years.

Trade unions and civil society groups calling for the protection of labor rights and the promotion of gender equality gathered in two parks along the shores of Phnom Penh. Organizers said more than 1,000 people were in attendance at each location.

An Rama, regional coordinator of the Cambodian Confederation of Labor, said they hope more than 2,000 workers will walk 3 km from Wat Phnom, a capital landmark and popular tourist destination, to the National Assembly. to deliver a petition to officials, but local authorities did not allow them.

“We want to show our power and that the voice of the workers comes from themselves,” Rama said.

After negotiations between union leaders and the authorities, hundreds of protesters toured a block of a riverside park near Wat Phnom and returned wearing T-shirts of the Labor Day waving small Cambodian flags and holding banners.

Their demands included establishing a minimum wage for all sectors, not just the key garment industry, and increasing the current minimum wage of US $ 182 (S $ 247) per month for garment workers to a living wage of US $ 250, said Rama.

For years, authorities in Phnom Penh have prevented unions and civil society groups that criticize the long-standing government of Prime Minister Hun Sen from holding public marches, saying they would lead to traffic jams and disrupt the government. public order.

In March, authorities prevented hundreds of protesters from marching on International Women’s Day. Labor Day and Women’s Day are public holidays in Cambodia, where Mr. Hun Sen has been leading for over 30 years.

Union activists said on Wednesday they had no recollection of the government allowing Labor Day marches since the 2013 national elections, which were followed by mass protests from the political opposition – which claimed that electoral fraud cost them the ballot – and workers calling for a higher minimum wage.

In 2014, five protesting textile workers were shot dead and more than 40 people were injured by military police in Phnom Penh trying to quell protesters who were throwing stones, the Cambodia Daily reported at the time.

Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition party in 2017 after jailing its leader, Kem Sokha, on widely criticized treason charges, which he denies. Sokha remains de facto under house arrest.

Mr. Hun Sen’s ruling party won the 2018 national elections, which Western countries called unfair without the participation of a credible opposition party.

About 1,200 people, including farmers and members of trade unions and civil society, gathered at Freedom Park – which was moved further from the city center in 2017 – according to Keo Chanra, general secretary of the Coalition. Cambodian farming communities.

Chanra said organizers questioned why authorities wouldn’t allow more protests at Wat Phnom or another park in the capital near Wat Botum.

“Because we come together just to celebrate and express our concerns to the public,” Chanra said.

“If we (were) allowed to celebrate the day in public spaces, like Wat Botum and Wat Phnom parks, the place is (…) much more public than here,” she added.

A town hall spokesman said he could not comment immediately and was not reachable later.

Chanra said the workers gathered at Freedom Park had not suffered any disruption from the authorities as they had “already discussed and agreed together (with officials) to conduct the event here.”

“We follow what they suggest to us,” she said.

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Chinese buyers inflate luxury real estate bubble in Cambodian capital https://cambodianscene.com/chinese-buyers-inflate-luxury-real-estate-bubble-in-cambodian-capital/ Wed, 23 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/chinese-buyers-inflate-luxury-real-estate-bubble-in-cambodian-capital/ By Brenda Goh, Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Guo Qirui, 30, says it’s a lonely trip when he returns home to his luxury rented condominium in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the country where the Chinese sales leader detail has lived on for almost half a decade. A construction worker cleans the […]]]>

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Guo Qirui, 30, says it’s a lonely trip when he returns home to his luxury rented condominium in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the country where the Chinese sales leader detail has lived on for almost half a decade.

A construction worker cleans the construction side on Diamond Island, also known as “Koh Pich”, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 23, 2018. Photo taken on May 23, 2018. REUTERS / Samrang Pring

Guo now lives on Diamond Island, also known as Koh Pich, an area of ​​the city where five condominium projects are underway or have been built. The majority of homes, according to sales agents and residents, are sold to absent Chinese owners.

“Probably half of the completed units have been delivered, but every night it gets dark. No lights are on, ”Guo told Reuters.

A boom in high-end real estate investments by Chinese buyers in Phnom Penh has fueled concerns that they are inflating an already unaffordable market for most Cambodians. The surge echoes the rapid growth seen in China’s metropolitan centers.

The Cambodian capital will have 22,828 luxury apartments by the end of the year, more than double the current number of 8,942 units, according to Ross Wheble, Cambodia country manager at real estate consultancy Knight Frank.

He added that that number, which includes condominiums that sell for an average of $ 3,500 per square meter, will grow to around 30,000 units by 2020. Many may soon have difficulty finding local tenants or buyers who can afford the price.

“In terms of the high-end segment, there is an oversupply,” he said. “It’s a question that everyone asks in terms of sustainability. With Chinese investors buying these units, are they actually going to be occupied? “

CHINESE FERVER

Warming political ties between countries and the promotion of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative have attracted a wave of Chinese investment to the country, fueling construction activity and a wave of new hotels and casinos. , especially in cities like Sihanoukville.

Developers from countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore started expanding into Phnom Penh’s condominium industry around four years ago in response to a shortage of such units and a loosening of property laws, said James Hodge, associate director of real estate services firm CBRE Cambodia, adding that the city only had 1,500 such apartments five years ago.

The Chinese started arriving as President Xi Jinping visited Cambodia in 2016 on a visit that resulted in a series of bilateral deals and a pledge to strengthen ties, said Hodge and d other industry leaders.

Among Chinese developers active in Phnom Penh are Guangzhou Yuetai Group 600393.SS and Prince Real Estate, which sells programs of over 1,000 units, larger than those of their overseas peers. Jiayuan International Group 2763.HK and the Guangzhou R&F properties 2777.HK have also purchased land in the city, with the city’s project expected to consist of around 5,000 units, estate agents said.

“As a group, the Chinese are certainly the most active,” Hodge said.

These developers turned to Chinese buyers. Five real estate showrooms that Reuters visited in Phnom Penh, including those marketed by Singaporean and South Korean developers, now outfit their receptions with Mandarin-speaking sales agents.

Sales agents said many buyers came via travel groups organized by agencies and developers, but the hype is such that some, like Beijing-born Jiang Zheming, bought a unit last month as ‘they had never visited Cambodia before.

The 47-year-old engineer said he was drawn to the use of the US dollar in Cambodia, which he considered more stable than the Chinese yuan, as well as the 6% annual rental yield guaranteed by the Taiwanese developer building his 80 square meters. apartment in the center of Phnom Penh.

Another Chinese buyer who asked to identify himself only as Alex, said he bought more than 100 12-story apartments in a downtown condominium. He said he was not worried about being able to rent them, saying it was comparable to being in the business districts of Beijing or Shanghai.

Xi Jinping’s initiative, the Belt and the Road, was key to his decision, he said. “Phnom Penh is the starting point of the initiative, so the development here is booming.

OUT OF REACH, SPECULATIVE

Developer Jiayuan, who said he paid $ 35.6 million for a site in Phnom Penh this month, said the deal was part of his plan to develop quality projects in regions involved in the process. ‘Belt and Road’ initiative and to expand in Southeast Asia.

Guangzhou R&F said in an email that its Phnom Penh project represented its attempt to enter the local market and that it would aim to sell units to local and overseas buyers.

But some townspeople are skeptical, including Diamond Island tenant Guo.

The concern is that resale demand will be low with only a small group of tenants able to afford rents that can cost around $ 1,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment – out of reach for most Phnom Penh residents. who, according to Knight Frank, have an average monthly household income of $ 600 to $ 700.

CBRE and Knight Frank said there were already signs of a market slowdown. The frequency of new launches declined as landlords lowered their asking rents, they said.

Chrek Soknim, managing director of Cambodian real estate agency Century21 Mekong, said he didn’t think a market downturn would be bad for locals since these apartment owners were mostly Chinese.

“If they can’t sell, that’s okay with us.

Additional reporting by SHANGHAI Newsroom and Clare Jim in HONG KONG; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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Vann Molyvann, architect who shaped Cambodia’s capital, dies at 90 https://cambodianscene.com/vann-molyvann-architect-who-shaped-cambodias-capital-dies-at-90/ Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0000 https://cambodianscene.com/vann-molyvann-architect-who-shaped-cambodias-capital-dies-at-90/ He was inspired by the advanced hydraulics and wide causeways of ancient Khmer city-states, and he borrowed many architectural motifs from the walls and roofs of temples. He tore down the wooden stilts and thatched roofs of traditional Cambodian houses and gave them new life in the form of concrete. “I realized that there was […]]]>

He was inspired by the advanced hydraulics and wide causeways of ancient Khmer city-states, and he borrowed many architectural motifs from the walls and roofs of temples. He tore down the wooden stilts and thatched roofs of traditional Cambodian houses and gave them new life in the form of concrete.

“I realized that there was no need to invent anything,” Mr. Vann Molyvann told an interviewer in 2003 after the release of his book “Modern Khmer Cities”. “The Khmers had been the best farmers, and the prek and boeng system, or canals and ponds, is really the irrigation system that we need to perfect and continue to use.”

One building, a brewery near the coast, was inspired by the shape of a traditional Khmer transport pole. Another, the Institute of Foreign Languages ​​in Phnom Penh, combines a fan tower and reflecting pools that mirror the canals of Angkor.

Its National Sports Complex, completed in 1964, was recently added to the World Monument Fund’s Structures in Danger watch list. The organization called the building “one of the most important examples of regional modernism at the end of the 20th century”.

In 2008, its much appreciated Bassac Theater and Council of Ministers both buildings were demolished. He was also left out of town planning and saw both Phnom Penh and the resort town of Siem Reap, which he had helped develop, become a tangle of streets lined with hastily erected concrete buildings and towers. of condominiums in blocks.

“It is difficult to sit still and witness the destruction of my children,” Vann Molyvann said in 2013.

Christopher Rompré, the director of the 2016 documentary ‘The Man Who Built Cambodia’, which was narrated by actor Matt Dillon, said the Mr. Vann Molyvann star has seen a resurgence in recent years.

“Especially among the young,” said Mr. Rompré, “he holds this revered status of being one of the few people who is almost universally considered to have integrity and dedicated to the advancement of Khmer culture.”

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