The Crowd and The Lamplight


Wow, I could not believe my eyes, I took this picture on 2011, about eight years ago! It seemed like yesterday. It was the celebration day in Cambodia for commemoration of the late King Norodom Sihanouk’s return to Cambodia from the exile and also the late King’s Birthday.

Arrived in Phnom Penh, -the capital city in Cambodia-, in the late afternoon on that day, I did not want to waste my time. So after checking in the hotel and having a quick shower, I went to riverside area directly. Then I realized that it was truly a celebration day for the Cambodian people. Meaning, the riverside was so crowded. I found people everywhere, a lot of people, and the traffic was jammed. It was my first time seeing that Phnom Penh, like the other big city in South East Asia, had so many people.

Among the people, I tried to take nice photographs but it was too difficult to have nobody in frame. The crowded became even more crowded as hundreds or more people coming time after time. Perhaps they wanted to see the fireworks. I walked a little bit to the corner of the square, near the shrine. It was less crowd and enjoyed the night.

I looked at the lamplight. Royal Palace in the riverside area was beautifully decorated with the large picture of the late King Norodom Sihanouk. As being the founder of the nation, the late King Norodom Sihanouk was truly loved by the Khmer people. The crowd was the sign of the love although it was lighted by the dimmed lamplight. I saw their enthusiasm in the form of the crowds for the celebration. And it was warming my heart.

And I was lucky to see the late King Norodom Sihanouk and the current King Norodom Sihamoni, the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath and all the royal family and also the high ranked officials in one stage in front of Royal Palace, in the following day. The square in front of Royal Palace was full of people, more crowded than the night before. The dimmed lamplight was replaced by the shiny sun. But the love of Cambodian people could not be replaced…


This post was written in response to the weekly challenge from Celina’s Blog and Cerita Riyanti, -similar to the old Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress-, which is the 49th week of 2019 has the theme of Lamplight, so we are encouraged ourselves to write articles weekly. If you are interested to take part in this challenge, we welcome you… and of course we will be very happy!

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