Snaps: New new Khmer architecture

Architectural detailing in Phnom Penh.

I took this photo in Phnom Penh in 2010 because, quite frankly, it was one of the ugliest things I have seen in this city. Architectural detailing is an easy way for homeowners to announce to their neighbors that they are the proud owners of lots of questionably-gotten new money. The most famous architectural movement was called ‘New Khmer architecture’–this is ‘New new Khmer architecture.’

One Response to Snaps: New new Khmer architecture

  1. Ted Lim says:

    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. This mural seems to be quite a fine piece of art. Maybe it didn’t fit well into the theme of the building or that there is no synergy.

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