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5 Cool things with Cheng Lita


Artefact: Jayavarman’s head
If you walk into a building in Cambodia, whether it is a government office, classroom or just a house, there is a good chance that you will see the head of King Jayavarman VII. The original artefact can be found in the National Museum, but we can buy a fake one at any market in Phnom Penh or even in the provinces. Jayavarman VII is celebrated as one of the great leaders in history, and therefore just associating yourself with Jayavarman makes you seem more educated, powerful and strong. Perhaps by keeping a statue of Jayavarman in your living or work space people will think you are smarter and more powerful as well. It certainly can’t hurt.


Book: World Book
Of course we all have to study history books at school, but when you leave class you might want to learn something more about the history of Cambodia or the history of the world. If that is the case, I know exactly what you need. There is a series of books called the World Book that are probably taller than you are when stacked on top of one another. These books contain a vast amount of information and can help you succeed in any subject that you are studying. World Book is a great source for world history, including information about every country on the globe. Check it out in your library – you are going to want to buy a set for yourself.


Hobby: Keeping a daily diary
The proverb goes, “Don’t trust your memory, write it down”, and I am always careful to write down everything I hope to remember. This way I am sure that if my mind can’t hold my memories, I will have something to go back to when I am old and bored. Keeping a daily diary is like writing your own history. When you have a chance, go shopping to find a journal or notebook and a pen dedicated to journaling. Make sure that the journal and pen are perfect because you will be spending a lot of time with them in the days and years to come.


Historical place:
Preah Vihear temple

When you think of Khmer temples, Angkor Wat is probably the first one that comes to mind. But Preah Vihear temple is a fantastic Khmer temple as well. Located in Preah Vihear province, it is about 294 kilometres from Phnom Penh. Until the past few years, it was quite difficult to get to the temple since the road was messy and run down. But now it only takes a couple of hours to arrive. The temple is made even more special since it is built on top of a mountain. Thanks to its terrific location, we can learn more about the history of Cambodia while also taking in some of the most beautiful sights in the country. It is easy to read about the history of Cambodia, but it is much more exciting to actually go visit historic places. It may have seemed difficult to make it to Preah Vihear in years past, but now you should go check it out for yourself!

Collecting: Currency
Many people in the world like collecting stamps, but collecting currency is even more exciting; and if you get bored with your collection, you always know it will be worth something. As travelling becomes more popular among young Cambodians, it makes sense that collecting money from foreign countries is becoming cooler as well. Not only will you have a diary of your travels, but you can scroll through the currency in your wallet and remember all the places you have been. You can even keep some Vietnamese dong or Thai baht around so that next time you visit, you will have something to spend as soon as you step off the plane.

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