Its taken a while but after 6 weeks work by Dave with the invaluable support of Woz is now on line.

The site has been totally rebuilt from the ground up with new information and photos, keeping the best of the old ones of course.  The emphasis is on information on Cambodia and  the temples in an easy-to-read form; with the best photography on Angkor you will find anywhere.

The look is very different and much simpler to navigate and use!

The original Peace of Angkor website was started  soon after Colleen and Dave arrived here at the end of May 2003 . Web design has moved along since then; so it was time for a change, as the old site was too complex to update.

By something of a coincidence it was published yesterday 28th May exactly  7 years to the Day that Coll and Dave Arrived here.  Sadly Coll is not here at present but does plan to be here later in the year.

Peace of angkor Photo web header

Peace of Angkor Photo web header

Further to the Dengue Fever photos I took on 3th May.  I had a shot of the band published in the Los Angeles times (the one of all the band on stage),on 20th May.


Return of Greg Fitzgerald

Saturday 29 May 2010

Oxcart in countryside

Greg Fitzgerald on an Oxcart in countryside

It was our pleasure last week to have Greg Fizgerald stay with us for a week. Greg and his wife have stayed with us a few time before and  are actively involved with Child trafficking support, or to be more precise preventing it. Greg was here on his own as his wife could not make it this time.  Greg tried out our Village and Countryside tour.

Here is a picture taken by Ta Elit of Greg on a Buffalo Cart!

Dengue Fever in Phnom Penh

Sunday 16 May 2010

Before you get concerned about my state of health; Dengue Fever are an American rock band who play Khmer style rock, harking back to the innovative music that came out of the country in the 1960s. The band stopped off in Cambodia in the middle of a world tour. Steve and I had the onerous 🙂 task of shooting the band for week from Monday 10th May.

The first gig at the Parkway theater included the Legendary Kung Nai the octogenarian master of the Chapai (2 stringed guitar)

Chapai master Kung Nai

Kung Nai and his 2 stringed Chapai guitar

Senon making a trunk call

I went out with the Band on Weds 12th May to Ta Kmau zoo south of Phnom Penh .  Dengue Fever are helping support the organization which conserves and rehabilitates animals that have been captured and neglected .

Dngue fFever and elephant

Dngue Fever and elephant

Animals at the park   include:  tigers, elephant apes, bears and rare birds in a 250 hectare site. It’s an interesting place which is likely to be featured in our custom southern Cambodia tours.

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever at Wat Botum LA Times shot

The Concert at Wat Botum was attended by over 3000 people. This image was published in the Los Angeles Times 19th May 2010

Dengue Fever lead singer Nimol

Nimol of Dengue Fever at Wat Botum

Dave Perkes on action at Dengue fever gig

Dave Perkes in action at Dengue Fever gig

photo by Andy Brouwer of Dave in action

Images by  Dave Perkes 15th May 2010

Angkor National Museum Siem Reap

Thursday 6 May 2010

We get a lot of websearches and other enquiries about the Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap. I had a dig through our archives and came upon this article written by Dave Perkes, when the museum opened in 2007. It’s still relevant today and the pictures give a good insight.

As one who has more than just a casual interest in the Angkor Temples. I have been eagerly awaiting the opening of this Museum for years.  To be able to view some of the spectacular artifacts which have been hidden away in the Angkor Conservation for decades; was  very exciting. So did the reality live up to expectations?

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Reflecting Pool outside

To start with; the building is impressive; with plenty of architectural references to Angkor’s past heritage.  The style is simple, unlike like many of the surrounding ornate hotels which ape Khmer Architecture.  On entry to the lobby, you get a sense of space and light with glimpses of the circular stairway and the blue pool in the courtyard beyond.

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Concourse (Atrium)

The visit commences on  the upper floor, where a short promo film describes the Museum and what you are likely to see there.   The first gallery is a spectacular display of 1000 Buddha images. The Buddha’s are set within niches; the lower ones were easy to see; but the upper ones were practically invisible.  As yet there are no detailed descriptions of the artifacts. I was assured by staff that labels will be added later.

Most of the upper floor is given over to the Pre-Angkorian period with well presented text descriptions in English and Khmer.  The overviews of Hindu and Buddhist religion and Khmer Culture are concise; easy to read and understand.

Inner Pool

The lower floor covers the golden age of The Angkor Empire; centered on Angkor Wat. Some of examples of the finely carved Nagas and Lintels are spectacular  with descriptions of where they came from. The cutaway model of Angkor Wat illustrates the construction and  is well detailed, even down to the bas relief’s on the outer galleries. The Foundation Steles with their Sanskrit inscriptions were of particular interest and the  Ancient Costume Hall with the Apsaras was another highlight.

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Bayon style heads in Upper Lobby

I am usually terminally bored by statues in museums; preferring to see these in their locations.  I spent nearly a half a day ther in my last visit in October 2008.The museum have selected a well balanced range of artifacts; selecting some spectacular pieces and giving plenty of space. I quite like this approach as it is not overwhelming or cluttered like many similar museums.

The multi-media presentations on LCD video screens and multiple projectors are professionally  done; are of a sensible length and like the text; not over wordy. The Designers have thought very carefully about the intended audience; which are probably those who have a general interest and want an overview of Angkor before a visit to the Temples.  Academics would want more information.

Coffee shop

The Cultural Mall is  open ; but  the  Arts and craft or clothes shops  have nothing you  cannot  get elsewhere cheaper most likely . There is a Coffee Shop on the first floor which serves decent coffee and snacks and the inevitable gift shop which you pass through on the way out.

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Sophisticated (if expensive) Gift Shop

Overall, the Angkor National Museum provides a good introduction to Angkor; has some spectacular exhibits. The pricing at $!2  is far too  high compared to what you would pay in neighbouring countries.

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