The new Lok Yeay Mao Monument is 29 meters tall

The size of the monuments we build, talk about the size of the development we want. You can find huge monuments in industrialized countries representing their ambitions (see the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of the Liberty or historical places like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Chinese Wall and even the Angkor Temples.)

What is under construction in Bokor Mountain is historically huge too. The old French hill station built in 1921 and abandoned twice (late 1940s and 1972), is planned to be a modern city. The old casino – currently under reconstruction after three decades of solitude, seems like an ant in comparison to a new building that will dominate the future hill Cambodian city.

New developments attract always admirers and critics. Many see on them destruction (for example here), others see opportunities (it is estimated that the new development will provide one thousand jobs for young Cambodian people.) Actually, destruction and opportunities, both of them, are always included. What developers should demonstrate is a great social, political, cultural and ecological sensitivity. The balance between this four elements will create a general acceptance of any development. The work will enter into the heart of the nation if it respects the people, their right to elect, their culture and history and the honor to our natural resources and ecology.

Lok Yeay Mao is considered a protector spirit of travelers, which influence is the southern sea cost provinces of Cambodia. From Kep City where she has a monument at the Kep Beach looking to the west, waiting for her husband to return from his long absence, to the confluence of the provinces of Sihanouk, Koh Kong and Kompung Speu at the Peich Nel Mountain (see National Road 4, Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville.) Curiously, few people know that the monument in Kep is Lok Yeay Mao, calling her with occurrences like ស្រីស្អាត (pretty girl) or the Siren (this last one a foreign Western occurrence, due to the resemblance of the monument to the Greek sirens.)

Now the legend of the lady, who adventured to look for her husband in far battles in ancient Thailand, walking through the jungles of the Damrei Mountains, will have a new station here at Bokor Mountain and it is already a very huge one. It will give, by sure, more importance to the legend, with this statue of 29 meters high, sitting in meditation, like a Buddha, looking to the distance of the Gulf of Siam for her longed husband.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

2 responses to “The new Lok Yeay Mao Monument is 29 meters tall”

  1. phoungsopha says :

    I know that the Bokor Mountain is located in Kampot Province. It is 1075 meters above the sea level. It has many interesting place for history, culture and natural resources. Since 2009 the area has been an object of development. They are building a new casino as well as the Lok Yeay Mao statue. I admire the Lok Yeay Mao Monument so much, because when I see her statue not only her height but also her name, represents to me power and truth. Moreover, the Bokor Mountain is becoming to be a famous place in Kampot. This area is becoming a special recreation place.

  2. moeun says :

    Bokor Mountain is developing like a modern city. It has a cool weather and a lot fog. Better to driver careful all the time.

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