Led by visionary architect Vann Molyvann and under the close patronage of retired King Norodom Sihanouk, "New Khmer Architecture" flourished in the 50s and 60s. Now its legacy is threatened by rampant, cookie-cutter construction.
The wonderfully syncretic religion of Cao Dai is as interesting as it is amusing. With a cosmology that includes Joan of Arc and Shakespeare, Buddha and Jesus, Cao Dai is at once New Age and ancient. It's also one of Phnom Penh's most remarkable sights to see.
City hall is working to get all the roads in Phnom Penh paved by the end of 2008. The plan will split costs with residents and begin with the central districts.
A recap of the year's most colorful quotes.
Acleda Bank delivered a New Year's surprise Thursday, announcing it obtained permission from the government of Laos to open a commercial bank there in 2008.
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