APAD 083: The last day of the King-Father’s funeral

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, Cambodia, Cambodia life, Cycle 2, sights, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 10 comments

The Royal Palace.
This photo was taken very early this morning, 6am-ish, from the Chroy Changvar peninsula.

apad 083 royal palace viewed from across the river

The mourners, coming from near and far, are gathered in front of the Palace, wearing black and white.  They’re all going to be queueing at the Royal Cremation Pavillion to pay their last respects to the King-Father Norodom Sihanouk. A sombre mood prevails. As there was not a sign of wind, yet the funeral music that is playing is carried over across the river.

As final touches are being made, it is going to be an elaborate cremation ceremony later tonight.

Here’s a short vid clip where you can listen to the funeral music.

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  1. That music is so eerie and haunting! An incredible grand affair!

    • I agree, the music gave me goosebumps! The cremation ceremony was also impressive.

  2. Beautiful photo. Have a fabulous week!

    Liz (mlc)
    Liz (yacb)

    • Thanks, Liz. You, too.

  3. the music sounds like water dancing with the wind.
    grand funerals give me goosebumps.

    • The music during the cremation ceremony added more to the already sombre mood. It gave me goosebumps.

  4. Wonderful post and photos to honor the King ~ for MMY’s ~

    Carol of: A Creative Harbor ^_^

    • Thank you, Carol.

  5. Such an interesting tradition.

    Catching up with mellow yellow Monday.
    Yummy YELLOW
    Your comment will be greatly appreciated.

  6. It is a very interesting and impressive tradition. It’s my first time to witness a royal funeral ceremony.


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