Day 2 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Museum, along with the rest of Phnom Penh, was evacuated and abandoned. It closed between 1975 and 1979, and was found in disrepair. Many objects were damaged and stolen. The Museum was repaired and reopened in 1979. The Royal University of Fine Arts is located on the west side of the museum.  It is surprising we saw it survived the devastating years of the Khmer Rouge rule. Doctors, teachers, librarians and all who looked intelligent were slaughtered. A heartbreaking site.

With our aching joints from our full day of site seeing, we decide to give this a go. Also we wanted to support the blind. We climbed the beat up old stairs to the massage parlor. It made us nervous and I was thinking maybe we should turn back. Looked pretty weird inside. All customers are cramped in the one room. We decided to go with the Foot Massage and not a Back Massage as we would have to lie on a narrow hard table. However it went well for us and I have to say they did a great job!!!

Wat Phnom (Temple Mountain) Dating back to the 1400’s, it is built 88 feet above sea level. This is the tallest religious structure in the city. Our guide tells us it offers a great view of the area. When we arrive it is too hot for us to climb these steep steps. So we just stood at the bottom and looked up but it was an incredible site to see..


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