‘Let’s visit Phnom Penh 1937” is a video posted by Ngoy Rithy Dimanche and it is a hit. This video demonstrates how Phnom Penh looked in 1937 and shows aspects such as the water festival, transportation, animals in the city, the Mekong River, buildings, traditional dancing and so much more. It is in English so it is understood by many Facebook users.
Karona Klahan comments: “At that time, Khmer people weren’t concerned with losing land and forest, not like today.”
Heng Bunsovivan added, “The past is the history we should remember. Everything keeps changing, so what we should do and face in the present time, which encourages Khmer to not do something against our will.”
Chan Bora Mey, on the other hand, shows her passion about the past and complains about the nation today. She comments, “It is worth to see such Khmer in the past that used to be prosperous, but today Khmer territory was stolen by Vietnamese.”
“Let’s visit Phnom Penh 1937” is a must-see video because it shows the reality of Phnom Penh’s past and there aren’t many videos like it. Although a book can illustrate pictures, video is more understandable. You can learn the history and get a sense of national pride.