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Cambodia - Cultural Temples

Angkor Wat Temple

I am so happy and proud to be born as Khmer and live in my beloved country Cambodia which is well known about its Angkor Wat Temple and natural resources. Every Cambodian people have lived under the sake of Angkor Wat Temple where was built in 1112 – 1152 by Suryavarman II. Beside this temple, Cambodia also has many cultural temples such as Angkor Thom, Ta Prom, Bayon, Bonteay Srey, Phreah Vihea, and many more. I do love my country.

Situated on the Indochinese peninsula, Cambodia is bordered by Thailand and Laos on the north and Vietnam on the east and south. The Gulf of Thailand is off the western coast. The country primarily consists of a large alluvial plain ringed by mountains with the Mekong River to the east. The plain is centered around Lake Tonle Sap, which is a natural storage basin of the Mekong.

Depend on these natural resources and the cultural temples; tourism is the main income for Cambodia. Cambodian tourism has developed during the global economic recovery. For the first semester of 2010, international tourists to Cambodia reach 1,221,156, an increase of 12.39% compared to the same period in 2009. This projection confirms the trend of rapid recovery for tourism sector in Cambodia. A preliminary study predicts that Cambodia will receive around 2.4 million tourist arrivals in 2010, an increase of approximately 12%.

Moreover, Siem Reap and the surrounding areas are not only full of temples with cultural tourism resources but also rich of natural resources and biodiversities along Tonle Sap Lake in Kompong Khlaing and Kompong Pluk where there are plentiful attractive tourist potentials and fantastic tourism products such as fishery village, jungles, fishing means, way of life of local people, and it is also inherited with mystery of aquatic and underground resources, and potentials of tangible and intangible heritages around Tonle Sap Lake and its peri-zone.

Most Cambodians (95%) today are Theravada Buddhists. This austere version of Buddhism became prevalent in Cambodia in the thirteenth century, displacing the combination of Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism that was practiced previously. Modern Cambodia also has Muslim citizens (3%) and Christians (2%). Some people practice traditions derived from animism as well, alongside their primary faith.

Anyways, I just wish to change a few things to develop my country. Cambodia is still lacking of accessing to education, gender equality, and living poverty. Most people who live in rural areas and some parts in the cities in Cambodia are facing those issues – they might be sold to the brothel or cheated to other countries such as Thai, Vietnam, Malaysia or Korea because they are uneducated. They are then likely to be trafficked into sex industry or forced to make this choice when no alternatives are available. Poverty, illiteracy, family problems, and gender discrimination create a fertile breeding ground for trafficking, exploitation, rape, and abuse.

The pressures of a fast-growing population also contribute to poverty. Because of lacking of education and skills training, people have inadequate employment opportunities and low capabilities. They are insecure, excluded and vulnerable because they have limited access to natural resources. The cycle of poverty, ill health and high health care expenditure cripples poor Cambodian families economically.

Moreover, rural poverty and lack of opportunity in rural areas have contributed to the spread of HIV AIDS, as young women migrate to urban factories and become sex workers in neighboring countries. Although HIV prevalence rates have shown a decrease, the impact of the infection continues to be strong.

Illiteracy is the main focus for me since Cambodia is still a developing country, many poor people cannot get education due to lacking of financial to support their study and living condition. Education is so important to develop a community, country and ourselves. Moreover, when they live in poverty and illiterate – it is a cause that might lead them to become a robber or do something wrong just to help their daily lives.

I wish my country full of peace – gender equality, poor families have enough food to eat and live in a peaceful life like a rich people also.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat Temple
Angkor Wat
Floating House and Pagoda on the Tonle Sap Lake
Hugh Tree's Root at Ta Prohm Temple
Ta Prohm Temple
preah_vihea_temple.jpeg

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WILDKat's picture

Ancient beauty and sacred wishes

Sarvina,

Your second piece paints a picture of paradise revealed. Thank you drawing the comparisons. Lovely and again HIV takes its toll. Gorgeous photos.

Naturally grateful,
Kat Haber

"Know thyself." ~ Plato

Sarvina's picture

Dear Kat, Many thanks for

Dear Kat,

Many thanks for your precious comment! Glad to hear you like my photos.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Oh dear, wow!

Sarvina! I love the temples! It reminds us of our beautiful and glorious past. There Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist temples in my country, too, and I do adore them! I found Hindu and Buddhist friends in interfaith activities when I joined the United Religions Initiative so I got invited to their festivities in the temples.

And, oh yes, it's sad ... we share the same problems in the third world - unpeace, poverty and illiteracy. Although in my country access to primary and secondary education is not that difficult because we have already established public schools in rural areas, providing college education to the youth is still an uphill climb. We do wish our economy would be able to tide us over into providing more state colleges in the outbacks.

Sister, I'm so awed with the splendor of Cambodian temples in the photos you shared! Really, wow!!!!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Sarvina's picture

Hi sister Emie, Thanks so

Hi sister Emie,

Thanks so much for reading my article! I am glad to hear you love the temples. Yeah we have the same problem in common poverty and illiteracy - it is what I am concerning about since I am so from the poor family but luckily I am able to get higher education after moving to the city but how about the other poor villagers, they might not be able to access to education as I did so I just wish the other poor families' children could get education as me only.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

usha kc's picture

Baini, thank you for giving

Baini, thank you for giving us a chance to know more about your country ,, really good to read!
welldone!

Sarvina's picture

Namaste Didi! Thanks for

Namaste Didi! Thanks for reading my article....I am happy to hear you feel good to read:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

nilima's picture

hello sarvu:) there are so

hello sarvu:)

there are so much similarities between cambodia and nepal, may be thatswhy we two are bonded strongly, isnt it ;)?

i am amazed to read that the tourism, temples, cultural aspects and other things are so much in common.

thank you so much huh!!! really felt great to know about cambodia, i am hoping- one day i will definitely visit your country-crossing my finger;)

love you

Sarvina's picture

Hello Nilima, Thanks for

Hello Nilima,

Thanks for writing me such as a wonderful comment! Yeah both of our countries have many things in common - I also hope one day I can visit there as well. Hopefully I wish you could visited Cambodia soon! I am waiting you:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

nilima's picture

:):)

:):)

Amei's picture

Wow.... this is so beautiful

Now I will have to Cambodia in my list of countries to visit. I love the way you have presented your country.

Thank you Sarvina.

Cheers, Amei

Sarvina's picture

Hi Amei, Thanks so much for

Hi Amei,

Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I am happy to hear you love it. I really wish you could visit here soon. I am waiting you:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

Ruun Abdi's picture

Wohoooo!

Dearest Sarvina,

Beautiful country ma dear! thanks for sharing it with us, at first i didnt know this much but i feel like i know it and its because of you. One day i hope i will come and visit that beautiful land.

Cheers,
RA

Sarvina's picture

Dearest Ruun, Thanks so much

Dearest Ruun,

Thanks so much for writing a lovely comment! I am happy to hear you like it. Hey the happiest day for me if I could see worldpulse sisters come to visit my country. Hopefully we can meet one day:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

HARMONY's picture

Wow! Sweet sister, you have

Wow! Sweet sister, you have tried hard and this is wonderful. I love the temples pictures and the way you combine tourism and difficulties. But with motivation and determination like yours, Cambodia will see a better tomorrow.
Thanks for your piece!

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Sarvina's picture

Hi sister Harmony, Thanks so

Hi sister Harmony,

Thanks so much for your encouragement! It is good coz of you - you have helped me a lot. I am happy to hear you love the temple pictures.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

We take it fro granted sometimes, but the ability to read and write is so very important. Through it, you can lean more, find work, get money. But even more importantly, through reading and writing you can give voice to all the things that flow from your mind, heart and soul. You can be full you.

Thank you for sharing this and wow, Cambodia is indeed lovely!

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

Sarvina's picture

Hi Fungai, Thanks so much for

Hi Fungai,

Thanks so much for reading and writing me an inspiring comment! Yeah the ability to read and write is so important for us to get better lives - education is the main thing that we need to find. So that's why I always write about education. I am so happy after reading your sweet words from you.

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

vivian's picture

You have taught me so many

You have taught me so many things about Cambodia on world pulse. I am glad to have you here. Good Piece.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Sarvina's picture

Hi sister Vivian, Thank you

Hi sister Vivian,

Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I am also happy to have known you:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

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