Capital's SpotMap provides direction

Capital's SpotMap provides direction

 Childsafe Network

Phnom Penh's ChildSafe Network, managed by Friends International, involves key members of society and travellers in actively protecting urban children and youth from abuse by training them to recognise and respond to dangerous situations.

ANZ Royal Bank, The ChildSafe Network and Java Arts on Monday launched the new SpotMap at the ChildSafe Center.

Phnom Penh is becoming known for both its heritage and progressive culture, and the new SpotMap pinpoints the city's increasing number of galleries, performance spaces, studios and architectural icons in an effort to boost the Kingdom's cultural and tourism sectors.

Points of interest

Architectural points of interest marked on the map have been provided by Stephanie Irmer, from the Khmer Architecture Tours.

While Irmer's tours focus on post-1953 Independence architecture in Cambodia, described as New Khmer Architecture, the map pinpoints both modern and postmodern architectural sites.

The SpotMap, which aims to be a one-stop information resource, also includes a key and map reference of participating partners including ANZ Royal Bank ATMs, ChildSafe businesses and various art venues.

The new map is designed to fold easily into tourists' pockets and will be freely available from local restaurants, shops and galleries.

The map's cover has been designed by young Cambodian artists Kong Vollak, 25, and Khvay Samnang, 26, both graduates of the Royal University of Fine Arts. Both artists have become renowned for their unique style and use of colour.

The cover, a collaboration of two different yet complimentary styles, sees Kong Vollak's use of strong black linear lines and structural elements combined with Khvay Samnang's dynamic use of colour to paint a striking image of the city.

Both artists have exhibited at the Royal University of Fine Arts. Kong Vollak's work can be viewed online at www.flickr.com/photos/vollak.

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