Cambodia: A walk down Buddha street

We had to go back to Phnom Penh.  I can’t get it out of my head, maybe because Hanoi is suffering from a serious lack of sunlight, maybe because the way Cambodia’s process of rebuilding is manifest in art fascinates me.

In its attempt to destroy Cambodia’s entire history and culture, the Khmer Rouge destroyed many of the Buddha statues adorning temples and pagodas throughout Cambodia.  Phnom Penh now has a whole neighborhood devoted to carving and painting religious sculptures.  It’s in a neighborhood near the Independence Monument, a red, lotus-shaped structure in the middle of a roundabout.  Off the beaten tourist path, Buddha street is also a glimpse into an ordinary Cambodian neighborhood, which isn’t so different from my neighborhood in Hanoi.

To visit the Prayuvong Buddha factories, go to Independence Monument.  They are about 300 metres south of it, between Street 308 and Street 310.


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