Originally known as the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1953, the country has changed its name five times, only to return to its original name. Among the other names are The Khmer Republic, and The People’s Republic of Kampuchea.
Cambodia is the only country to have a building on their flag- the Angkor Wet, which translates to “City of Temples”, the largest religious building in the world.
Cambodia is in Southeast Asia, and has a population of 16.25 million people. Their currency is the Riel, and their capital is Phnom Penh. Their language is Khmer.
They celebrate many holidays including:
- New Year’s Day (Jan 1)
- Victory over Genocide Day (Jan 7)
- International Women’s Day (March 8)
- Khmer New Year (April 13-16)
- Visak Bochea (Date Varies)
- Labour Day (May 1)
- Royal Ploughing Ceremony (Date Varies)
- King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday (May 14)
- Queen Mother’s Birthday (June 18)
- Constitution Day (Sept 24)
- Pchum Ben (Date Varies)
- Commemoration Day of King’s Father (Oct 15)
- Coronation Day of King Sihamoni (Oct 29)
- Independence Day (Nov 9)
- Water Festival (Date Varies)
It has three world heritage sites:
- Temple of Preah Vihear
- Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura
It also has eight national parks including: