How to Build A Khmer Wooden House During The COVID-19

For all expatriates who live in Cambodia, 2020 has not been a pleasant year. Stories about people not getting paid and selling items from their already minimalistic households to stick on, or about them going to films at The Flicks without taking a beer or popcorns as the $4 ticket fare accounted for half the [...]

Meet The Man Who’s Life Passion Is Wooden Houses

Asking around about the topic of the Khmer wooden house, one sooner or later arrives at two unusually prominent figures. One is a Mr. Collins, an Australian art historian, and the other is Mr. Hok Sokol. Mr. Collins, as well know to the Khmer culture community, wrote splendidly on the subject of Khmer architecture and [...]

Kingdom’s Modern Architecture Fails Caveman

April is the cruelest month, as T.S.Eliot so famously put it, living in Cambodia, one could never truly understand how until one received his electricity bill at the end of the month. With an urban cottage in the style shown below, even electricity did not undo the heat. Modern designed, large windows, clean-cut lines, all [...]

The ‘Manchu Style’ within The Campuses of Jilin University

The Manchu Empire was a short-lived (1932-1945) Japanese protectorate in Northeast China before and during the 2nd World War, having its capital in Changchun, then renamed as Xinjing, and Puyi as its emperor. Changchun is now the provincial capital city in Jilin and home to the enormously large national Jilin University. Japan in the first [...]

Deserted French house

Country house, Koh Dach island, outskirts Phnom Penh. It's evident that the island could have been a fashionable location for a country home for some fashionable French family of Phnom Penh. However, the house is beyond repair today and its surroundings in utter desertion, its grounds rich in grass and only to be grazed by [...]

Lycee Sisowath

Founded under French colonial rule, had been one of the elite schools in Indochina. The campus buildings have been freshly painted and repaired in recent years and the architecture is orderly and stylish. The lycee is still functioning as a school today. Its architecture is well preserved and its campus open for visit. Classroom Sisowath [...]

The Chinese House

Built in the beginning of the 20th century by a Mr. Tan (presumably Chen 陳 in Mandarin) as his Phnom Penh home. Mr. Tan was a Hokkien Chinese among the early emigrants to Cambodia and evidently a successful businessman having amassed a great amount of capital through trading like many of his Chinese compatriots did. [...]