Published: June 21st 2008June 17th 2008
National Museum of Cambodia
the roof are amazing but don't you know that a lot of bats, Cambodian Freetail species, inhabits them. yes, and a lot of them, in fact National Museum has the largest bat population of any artificial structure in the world (as stated in Lonely planet). Seeing them fly away at sunset may be a spectacular moment but not for the treasures. Luckily, an international organization help raised funds to build a second ceiling to stop the droppings from falling through the collections...hurray, bats are happy, and so the museum patrons.
Killing the Monday sickness ahead of time, 2 of my classmates and I decided to check out the National Museum of Cambodia. It took me almost 6 months to go and see it, although I just live minutes drive away from it. Well, NMC is just North of the Royal Palace (another wonder that I hadn't taken time to stroll, shame "taking- things-for-granted-since-it's-at-my-reach-virus " is taking over me). You got to pay $3 for foreigners and 500 r for Cambodians to see the finest collections of Khmer arts.
Aside from typical culinary utensils unearthened, it also contains huge collection of sand dune sculptures. But the most amazing is the eight-armed statue of Vishnu from the 6th or 7th century AD (Sorry no pictures since it is not allowed inside). A lot of rescued artifacts are displayed dating from the pre-Angkorian periods (4th to 9th centuries) to Indravarman period (9th to 10 centuries) to the Angkorian (10th to 14th centuries).
After absorbing all the centuries old beauties, we decided to stretch a little more. Carnival rides. We did the bump car, twice! (we can't get enough of it) and the roller coaster ride and we're drained.
Too drained to
inside the museum so we just content ourselves for those statues in the courtyards
remember that we will be having an exam the next day...
well, till next time Phnom Pehn...
There are more photos below