10 Facts about Cambodia
Here are 10 unknown facts about Cambodia
Rice is ubiquitous in Cambodian meals and delicacies. It is served in many forms that include fried, steamed, or in the form of noodles. It is even consumed as dessert by mixing it with fruits and coconut milk that give it a sweet taste.
Cambodia has been changing its name whenever a new government was installed: It was called the Khmer Republic during its republican years, Democratic Kampuchea under the Khmer Rouge regime, and People’s Republic of Kampuchea under the leftist group called Salvation Front. Today, in its latest government form, it is officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Angkor Wat was constructed about 800 years before Tomb Raider was filmed there. It’s like they knew she was coming.
COUNT YOUR GECKOS
Cambodians believe that counting a gecko’s chirp will tell you whom you will marry. The first chirp means you’ll marry a bachelor, second chirp means a widower, third chirp is a bachelor again and so on. Keep counting until the gecko stops.
It’s considered disrespectful to let your feet or soles to point at people or things, so the feet must be tucked in when sitting.
MY HEART WILL GO ON
Traditional Cambodian weddings are quite involved and can go for up to three days and three nights.
Most Cambodians don’t celebrate their birthdays and many of the older ones don’t even know how old they are.
Cambodia’s flag is the only one in the world to feature a building, Angkor Wat
The official religion of Cambodia is Theravada Buddhism which is practiced by around 95% of the Cambodian population.
Cambodia is the only country that purportedly has the least Chinese influences among all the other Mainland Southeast Asian nations.
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