Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Buddha statue hidden during war unearthed

Buddha statue hidden during war unearthed

A green crystal Buddha statue thought to have been hidden from the Khmer Rouge was uncovered yesterday morning by a villager in Battambang town’s O’mal commune as she dug up a stand of bamboo stalks near her house, said commune chief Yun Yi.

“As I estimate, it is about 50 years old” and made during the period of Norodom Sihanouk’s rule in the late 1950s and 1960s, he said, noting that the 10-centimetre statue could have been hidden during the time of the anti-Buddhist Khmer Rouge regime.

Yi said yesterday that the villager was digging when she struck something hard and saw a greenish glint.

According to a local newspaper, the woman initially believed she had uncovered a piece of unexploded ordnance.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at kunthear.mom@phnompenhpost.com

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Khmer New Year games: it’s never too late to try them out

Even though games such as “Fight for the leaf” or “Hide the towel” are traditionally played during the Khmer New Year holidays

Khmer New Year getaway: Ghost Island

One of 23 islands in the sea of Koh Kong, Koh Kmoch (Ghost Island) has a wealth of corals and other sealife visible through its crystal clear water.

ACLEDA’s boss on how tech is changing financial services

In today’s world of fast-changing technology, Cambodia is seeing increasing innovation in financial services.