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Location Guide: Cambodia – Fun Facts

Here are 15 fun, and sad in light of Cambodia’s history, facts about Cambodia.

1. Cambodia’s flag is one of only two national flags that feature a building, Angkor Wat.
2. You won’t find a McDonalds in Cambodia, let’s hope that continues.
3. There are no official records of exactly how many people were killed by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. Different sources report that the figure is anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million. Most of those killed were educated, priest and monks.
4. Tonle Sap is the largest lake in South East Asia.
5. 71% of Cambodia’s current population of 15.7 million is under the age of 35.
6. Cambodian weddings traditionally consist of ceremonies and celebrations that last for three days and three nights.
7. Only 4% of Cambodia’s current population is over the age of 65.
8. In the north east of Cambodia, the Irrawaddy Dolphins can be found in the Mekong River.
9. UNESCO has Cambodia listed as the 3rd most land mined country in the world, with an estimated 4 million landmines still active across the country.
10. Cambodia’s two largest sources of income are textiles and tourism.
11. It is estimated that there are 40,00 amputees from land mines in Cambodia. This is one of the highest rates in the world.
12. The kouprey, an ox with long crescent shaped horns, is Cambodia’s national animal and is listed as critically endangered and may even be extinct.
13. Cambodia is known as the Land of Smiles. It doesn’t take visitors long to know why.
14. Traditionally birthdays are not celebrated in Cambodia and many older people may not actually know when their birthday is or how old they are.
15. Since independence in 1953 Cambodia has changed its name whenever a new government has been in power.
  • The Kingdom of Cambodia: 1953-1970 (ruled by a monarchy)
  • The Khmer Republic: 1970-1975 (ruled by President Lon Nol’s government)
  • Democratic Kampuchea: 1975-1979 (under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime)
  • The People’s Republic of Kampuchea: 1979-1989 (under the rule of the Vietnamese sponsored government)
  • The State of Cambodia: 1989-1993 (under the United Nations Transitional Assembly)
  • The Kingdom of Cambodia: 1993-present (under the restored constitutional monarchy)

Published: 29 August 2016

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