The beauty and sorrow of Cambodia

“Lonely Planet” reads: “Climbing to heaven in Angkor Wat, and falling into hell at the prison museum, Cambodia’s history is both glorious and depressing. Because of this, this country is always intoxicating.”

Sunlight, beaches, coconuts, laid-back dogs, Thailand’s recent week trips are full of bright colors. However, after flying for more than an hour in Thailand, time and space switched to another country, Cambodia.

The Kingdom of Cambodia, commonly known as Cambodia, the capital Phnom Penh, formerly known as Khmer, is located in the Indo-China Peninsula, borders Thailand on the west and northwest, borders Laos on the northeast, borders Vietnam on the east and southeast, and faces the Gulf of Siam in the south. The territory of Cambodia is a dish-shaped basin, covering an area of ​​181,035 square kilometers, 20% of which is agricultural land. It is surrounded by hills and mountains on three sides, and a vast and rich plain in the middle, which accounts for more than three-quarters of the country’s area. Cambodia has a population of about 15 million, Khmer people account for 80% of the total population, and about 1 million Chinese and overseas Chinese. There are Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake (also known as Phnom Penh), the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

Coming out of Siem Reap Airport, the cool wind at night awakened the sleepy head. Riding the Cambodian “tutu car”, the dark green tones receded frame by frame. After finally driving into the city in about half an hour, I gradually got some lights. The arrogance, enthusiasm, and welcoming seem to have nothing to do with the night in Cambodia. It rests quietly here, and enters slowly and gently for strangers.

Listen to Angkor Wat
“People, if there is any secret in their hearts, they will run to the mountain, find a tree, dig a hole in the tree, then tell all the secrets, and then seal the holes with mud, and the secrets will remain forever In that tree, no one will know. “Perhaps many people have buried a literary dream because of the secret of the tree hole in the movie” The Mood for Love “, and they want to come to Angkor Wat to find out.

However, when I really put myself in the ancient city of Angkor in the millennium, I found that my personal thoughts can be forgotten. Not to tell your secrets to Angkor Wat, but naturally, a person can quietly search and listen to Angkor Wat’s ubiquitous thoughts. It is sometimes hidden in the crevices of stones, in the whispers of ancient trees, sometimes in the wind passing through the hall, in the light projected from the entrance of the cave, sometimes in the yellow sand under the feet, and hidden on the walls. Spider webs, hidden in the hearts of those who come and go.

In a black and white painting, people imagined the ancient city of Angkor: the trees were luxuriant, the lotus flowers were in bloom, the towers reflected the towers, and the elephants paced leisurely. The cry seemed to be coming from afar. A city composed of palaces, temples, gardens, and castles, the capital of the ancient Khmer kingdom, gradually became the religious spiritual center of all Khmer people under the construction of the large-scale civil engineering of Kings. However, after the invasion of Khmer by Thailand, the Khmer people were forced to leave their hometown. Since then, Angkor has disappeared into the jungle and has been forgotten by the world.

It wasn’t until 1861 that a French biologist discovered the ruins of an ancient temple in the virgin forest, and Angkor Wat with a mysterious life finally saw it again. He wrote in “Siam Cambodia Cambodia Laos Kingdom Travel”: “The magnificence of the temples here is far better than everything left to us from ancient Greece and Rome. Out of the Sensang Angkor temples and returning to the world, it is like a splendid Civilization has fallen into barbarity. “In 1992, Angkor’s monuments were listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site, and since then, Angkor Wat tourists have continued to flow.

Whether it is the sign of the Cambodian flag-Angkor Wat, a majestic and magnificent relief, or Bayon Temple, a world-renowned and meaningful, with a “Khmer smile”, or a romantic and quiet, strangling ficus and kapok Trees are intertwined among the ruins of Ta Prohm Temple, and even the queen-colored sandstone is faintly distinguished to find the formerly gorgeous and shining Royal Palace … Later generations will relive the history of Angkor Wat inside and outside The silhouette, just like accidentally falling into the time machine, is exiled on the grass of the lost civilization, and it looks like a dream for thousands of years.

Step through layers of deep high porches, step by step closer to the heart of the temple. Stepping up the steps near the vertical, intending to climb Xumi Mountain. Surround the ancient trees that are about to cover the sky and feel the sun penetrating through the spots. Walking on the countless different footprints of the predecessors, the wind and sand covered and stepped on, stepped on and covered … Listening to Angkor Wat really needs to mobilize all the senses of the body and bury itself deeply.

The sorrow of war
Cambodia, which has such a brilliant heritage as Angkor Wat, has a well-developed tourism industry, but is now one of the least developed countries due to war damage.

Since independence from the French colonists in 1953, Cambodia has experienced violent civil war and the disastrous rule of the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s. War, like an volcanic eruption from time to time, destroys the defenseless Cambodian population at any time. These traumas are like the rubble of countless collapsed temples collapsed in the wilderness, difficult to recover.

Outside of Angkor Wat attractions, begging disabled bands are often encountered. Most of them are ordinary civilians injured by landmines buried by the war. At present, Cambodia is still one of the countries most seriously affected by landmines, with more than 6 million war remnants of land scattered on nearly 2,000 square kilometers of land. An accident can instantly ruin a person’s life and his family.

The slump in Cambodia’s economy is forcing people to seek their way out. What is most distressing is that too many Cambodian children who represent the country’s future make a living by begging and selling goods, and have lost their right to study in bright classrooms.

Remember the little boy who was popular on the Internet and could speak more than 8 countries and sell tourist souvenirs outside Ta Prohm? Such children are everywhere in Cambodian real life. Their eyes are still so clear and their voices are still innocent, but the mature and old-fashioned people who show greetings and bargains raise their hands, and see which country’s language and language are savvy and precocious, and they are extremely out of step with their young age .

Despite the sadness of the aftermath of the war, the Cambodian people are living alive tenaciously in these difficult conditions. Many countries and caring people have also reached out to help Cambodia rebuild. In Angkor Wat, you will often see the national flags of different temples in addition to the Cambodian flag. Countries around the world have invested a lot of money to maintain and repair the Angkor Wat project and work together to protect this common heritage.