On the way out from Silver Pagoda, -the Royal Buddhist complex that is located adjacent to Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia-, visitors usually have to walk through a building which displays the photos of the late King-Father’s royal activities. If we notice, there is a photo, as seen above, which is hanging on its wall.
As Indonesian citizen who traveled to Cambodia, seeing our founding father’s photo who was together with the King-Father in one frame and displayed as a honored photo, created a special feeling of respect and reminiscence. History wrote the deep relationship between them, in official relationship as heads of state and in personal life as friends.
Starting from the International Conference among the Asian and African countries in Bandung, 1955, both were the heads of state, -together with the world’s leaders-, to pave the way for the Non-Aligned movement, a neutral movement between the alliance of Western and Eastern in the cold war.
Out of pros and cons, their friendship was not a secret in international community. More than once, in his skillful speeches, President Soekarno, gave compliments to King Norodom Sihanouk’s patriotism to stand against the imperialism. And as art lover, King Norodom Sihanouk was perfectly in key with his Indonesian friend, President Soekarno. Even famous Indonesian songs were always performed in official forums and King Norodom Sihanouk’s birthday celebrations.
The world was lost one of historical maker when the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno died on June 21, 1970, and his Cambodian friend, Norodom Sihanouk passed away the 42 years afterwards.
In response to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme of Nostalgia