A Blatant Growth


When I visited Oudong a couple years ago, my eyes were distracted by a plant which was grown on the intricate decoration wall in a stupa. The plant was small enough, – compared to the height of the stupa -, but I could see its potential growth. As many other Khmer ancient temples got problems because of being covered by the similar plants, I thought of the continuity of the heritage site’s existence.

Oudong, -about 40 km north-western of Phnom Penh, Cambodia-, was the royal residence and Cambodia’s capital for more than 250 years until 1866. The old capital was located at the foothill of the mountain Phnom Udong, which has a monumental royal necropolis of the Khmer kings of several centuries on top of it. It is added on 1992 as UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in Cultural category.




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