Wednesday, October 29th, 2003 – Day 253

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003 – Day 253

I was up really late. I awoke at 9.00am but did not leave my room until 1.00pm becayse I was watching American Pie 2. Not good. I enjoyed 1 and 3 alot more. I felt bad staying in so late but these windowless rooms make it so easy. Daylight never shines in during morning.

Indeed its strange all round. I have passed trough PP three or four times while going to Vietnam and have always used hotels and good restaurants. Maybe 20 USD for a hotel etc., so its strange moving down market. Imagine if you were always used to use motels, restaurants etc at home and suddenly had to use hostels and fast food beacause budget required it. You would feel strange. Ahh, Poor me. I so deprived. All in jest. Many locals sleep on the streets here and amny amputees from landmines. I must keep it in perspective. Middle class white men on holiday in a 3rd World Country, eh. God help us.

As I felt bad for doing nothing I walked down to the hotel that my old moto friend Mr. Lin hangs out. All moto drivers have their own turf and stay thee. There are not allowed park in front of other peoples areas which are street corners, restaurants and hotels etc.

Anyway I gave him a list of three religious sites in PP that I have not visited before and off we set.

It took about three hours to cover them as they were all close by.

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Wat Moha Montrei (29-10-2003)

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Wat Moha Montrei (29-10-2003)

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Wat Moha Montrei (29-10-2003)

Wat Ounalom is the most important Wat of Phnom Penh, and the center of Cambodian Buddhism. It is north from the National Museum of Arts (two streets from the Royal Palace). Wat Ounalom was built in 1443 to keep a hair of the Buddha. Before the Khmer Rouge emptied Phnom Penh in 1975, more than 500 monks used to live at the Wat. The Khmer Rouge killed the abbot and a large number of monks and vandalized the buildings and their treasures. After the Vietnamese invasion on 1979 the Wat was restored, and today again serves as the center of Cambodian Buddhism.

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Wat Ounalom (29-10-2003)

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Wat Ounalom (29-10-2003)

Wat Phnom: On a hill in the northern part of Phnom Penh lies Wat Phnom, after which the Cambodian capital is named. The Wat was built in 1372 and was restored or reconstructed in 1434, 1890, 1894 and 1926. Wat Phnom is much favoured by the inhabitants of the city as it is considered the most appropriate place for prayer and small offerings, given in order to influence one’s own fate.

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Wat Phnom (29-10-2003)

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Wat Phnom (29-10-2003)

I read about a shooting in the Cambodia Daily on main street last night at 11.00pm. Four 4X4’s were driving fast down the sreet when one of them hit a parked truck. One of the passengers who was drunk got out and started firing at people in passing cars and people on the street. Three people were killed and 5 injured before his friends in the other vehicles stopped hime. They removed the licence plate of the crashed vehicle and headed off firing AK47s into the air. The paper said even though they know the young man who was the son of a high ranking official in all likelihood nothing would be done. It goes on all the time here. i remember the last time I was here. Some one steeped on the toe of a high ranking oficials son, so he shot hime in the head. An other incident a few days later, someone threw a hand grenade into a disco.

The paper says nothing is even done beacuse of the influence of their fathers.