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Old Images of Phnom Penh from Early 1900’s

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King Sisowath 7 September 1840 to 9 August 1927 seated at his desk

King Sisowath 7 September 1840 to 9 August 1927 seated at his desk

Phnom Penh - Group of women, servants of the Royal Palace.

Phnom Penh – Group of women, servants of the Royal Palace.

Phnom Penh  HM Sisowath Monivong 27 December 1875 to 24 April 1941 leaving the Royal Palace

Phnom Penh HM Sisowath Monivong 27 December 1875 to 24 April 1941 leaving the Royal Palace

Former War Minister

Former War Minister

Phnom Penh - King's dancers ready for the show

Phnom Penh – King’s dancers ready for the show

1910 Cambodia - Musicians of Princess Kanakari

1910 Cambodia – Musicians of Princess Kanakari

Procession of Crown Prince Matchato.

Procession of Crown Prince Matchato.

Phnom Penh- Elephants caravan on the treasure bridge.

Phnom Penh- Elephants caravan on the treasure bridge.

Phnom Penh - Young children.

Phnom Penh – Young children.

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History of Elephants in Cambodia

Elephants have quite a history in Cambodia. From the stone carvings throughout Angkor to the famous parade of elephants, the importance of elephants can be seen throughout Cambodia’s history. The reality is that the plight of these magnificent elephants in Cambodia is very real.

Elephants Cambodia

Elephants Cambodia

Indigenous highlanders in Ratanakiri, have captured, tamed and worked with elephants for 2000 years.  Elephants were the heart of their culture and are quickly disappearing. As we consistently encroach upon the elephants traditional home grounds for farmland and deforestation, the number of elephants drops. In the past decades it was not uncommon for a village to have a dozen or more elephants. Now most villages have none, and those that do only have a few.

Cambodian elephants (Year 1903).

Cambodian elephants (Year 1903).

Old Photo of Elephants near Angkor

Old Photo of Elephants near Angkor

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Elephant Teams Drag Heavy Stones for the Building of Angkor Wat

“Elephant Teams Drag Heavy Stones for the Building of Angkor Wat” by Maurice Fiévet

In 1296 a Chinese diplomat named Zhou Daguan arrived in Angkor and wrote a detailed report on life in Angkor. His portrayal today is one of the most important sources and understanding of historical Angkor and the Khmer Empire. He recorded a royal procession of Indravarman III who carried a sacred sword in his hand standing on an elephant.

When the king goes out, troops lead the escort; then come flags, banners and music. Palace women, numbering from three to five hundred, wearing clothes decorated with flowers, with flowers in their hair, hold candles in their hands, and form a troupe. Even in broad daylight, the candles are lit. Then come other palace women, carrying lances and shields; then the king’s private guards; then carts drawn by goats and horses, all in gold. After that ministers and princes mounted on elephants, and in front of them one can see, from afar, their innumerable red umbrellas. After them come the wives and concubines of the king, in palanquins, carriages, on horseback and on elephants. They have more than one hundred parasols, flecked with gold. Behind them comes the sovereign, standing on an elephant, holding his sacred sword in his hand. The elephant’s tusks are encased in gold.

One’s imagination can picture what this outstanding performance would look like.

Phnom Penh - The Kin's elephants.

Phnom Penh – The Kin’s elephants.

When you travel to Cambodia, make sure to see the Terrace of the Elephants. The Terrace was used by Angkor’s King Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall. You will also find the 12th century temple Bayon has superb elephant bas-reliefs carved along all four of its walls.

Elephant Bas Relief, Siem Reap

Bas-relief of the Khmer army on the march their commander riding an elephant, carved on the gallery wall of the temple of the Bayon, in Angkor Thom, Cambodia. The lower two registers, S section, E outer gallery, N of the doorway. The Bayon, built between the late 12th and late 13th centuries by King Jayavarman VII, was the State temple of the time, at the centre of the city of Angkor Thom. It’s bas-reliefs of historical events and daily life are an invaluable record of the period.

Elephant Bas Relief, Siem Reap

Elephant Bas Relief, Siem Reap

Elephant Bas Relief, Siem Reap

Elephant Bas Relief, Siem Reap

Elephant Terrace

Terrace of Elephants

Terrace of the Elephants - Siem Reap

Terrace of the Elephants – Siem Reap

Elephant Bas Relief

The Hindu goddess, Lakshmi, flanked by elephants, showering her with water, bas-relief of fronton at Banteay Srei temple, Citadel of the Women, Angkor…

Although the current situation of Cambodia’s elephants seems dire, there is a great effort from the Cambodian government and International NGO’s to preserve these majestic creatures. Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia in Phnom Kulen National Park, about an hour north of Siem Reap in a Tuk Tuk is doing a wonderful job at rescuing elephants and planning a sustainable future for them.

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

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Old Images of Siem Reap and Angkor from Early 1900’s

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Queen & Children Cambodia 1871

Queen & Children Cambodia 1871

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 - November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 – November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 - November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 – November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 - November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 – November 10th, 1861 _

Old Photo of Elephant near angkor

Old Photo of Elephant near angkor

Old Photo of Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Siem Reap Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Siem Reap Cambodia

Elephant in Cambodia

Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant with howdahs in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant with howdahs in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant with howdahs in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant with howdahs in Cambodia

Elephant Old Photo Cambodia
Elephant Old Photo Cambodia

 

1907 Cambodia - Siem Reap Young Monks smoking cigarettes

1907 Cambodia – Siem Reap Young Monks smoking cigarettes

Siem Reap River in 1948

Siem Reap River in 1948

Chinese-funded, Siem Reap-Angkor Airport, published 1969

Chinese-funded, Siem Reap-Angkor Airport, published 1969

The administrative delegate of Siem Reap and his staff

The administrative delegate of Siem Reap and his staff

Sisowath King of Cambodia Escort Paris France 1906

Sisowath King of Cambodia Escort Paris France 1906

Old Photo of The Raffles Hotel in 1947

Old Photo of The Raffles Hotel in 1947

1907 Cambodia - Angkor Wat Pilgrimage

1907 Cambodia – Angkor Wat Pilgrimage

1907 Cambodia - Angkor Wat Buddhist monks

1907 Cambodia – Angkor Wat Buddhist monks

Siem Reap Village and river near the ruins of angkor postcard c-1910

Siem Reap Village and river near the ruins of Angkor postcard c-1910

The Racing Boats / Pirogues

The racing boats, or pirogues, resemble those shown in the bas-reliefs at Angkor, and are propelled, not by means of oars, but by vessels held in the hands of the rowers resembling shallow wash-bowls.

Old Photo of Cambodia, 1912

In the distance are the smooth, bare trunks of the flamboyant tree, or “flame of the forest” Other trees of this region are the teak, dipterocarpus, kapok, sao, tamarind, etc. The bullock cart in the foreground is the kind in common use. In the trees alongside every road are hundreds of monkeys. These animals are never harassed by the Cambodians, who have an almost religious respect for them. The monkeys pay no attention to passerby.

Small Temple Situated Inside the Inner Gallery, But Distinct From the Main Temple

The roof of the inclosing gallery and the side of the great temple are shown. Outside of and below the gallery is the outer gallery. Each gallery is quadrilateral, surrounding the main temple, and its inner walls are covered with bas-reliefs.

Tonle Sap - between 1946- 1962

Tonle Sap – between 1946- 1962

Old Banteay Srei Temple Photo

Old Banteay Srei Temple Photo

Ta Prohm Temple Old Photo

Ta Prohm Temple Old Photo