Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen's
official vist to Japan
Samdech Hun Sen is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo
Abe, prior to a welcoming ceremony at the prime minister's official
residence in central
Tokyo June 14, 2007.
Prime Minister Samdech Hun
Sen and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe bow to their respective
national flags while reviewing an honor guard during a welcoming
ceremony at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, 14 June 2007.
A stone's throw away from the Tonle Sap is the royal Palace
built on the site of the Banteay Kev, a citadel built in
The Palace grounds contain several buildings: the Throne
Room or Prasat Tevea Vinichhay which is used for the coronation
of kings, official receptions and traditional ceremonies;
the Chan Chhaya Pavilion which is a venue for dance performances;
the king's official residence called the Khemarin; the Napoleon
Pavilion and the spectacular Silver Pagoda.
It owes its name to the 5,000 silver tiles weighing 1kg
each which cover the entire floor. The emerald Buddha sits
on a pedestal high atop the dias. In front of the dias stands
a life-size Buddha made of solid gold and weighs 75kg. It
is decked with precious gems including diamonds, the largest
of which is 25 carats. Also on display are the coronation
apparel and numerous miniature Buddha in gold and silver.
Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen urged all the Southeast
Asian countries to sign the Ottawa Treaty, the international
agreement that bans anti-personnel landmines. The members
of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should
adopt a unified position against landmines, Samdech Hun
Sen said at the opening ceremony of an international mine
action conference held recently in Phnom- Penh, Cambodia.
Korean and Cambodian Construction Firms
linked investment agreement
A South Korean construction firm has inked an agreement
with a Cambodian firm to invest in the building of residential
housing in Cambodia. Korean firm ILSHIN and the local Eang
Group confirmed the deal following a MoU signed two months
Eang Group is now constructing apartments along National
Road 4, covering 11 hectares of land, three kilometers from
the Phnom Penh International Airport. The company is also
studying a plan to build condominiums in Phnom Penh.