Getting in love with the Khmer soul

Albeiror24 in Bayon 2007On September 2007 I did my first guides at the temples after studying their history, architectural settings and meanings, something without ending.

I compare the Angkorean temples to the Egyptian archeology. I dream Cambodia and its donors would invest more in Angkorean research to create an authentic science like the Egyptology. The issue is that, to my perspective, the temples are being exploited sonly for commercial purposes. The maintenance is done like ‘let’s prepare it for the international tourism.’ But how many schools of archeology we have in Cambodia?

When I visited Egypt in 2003 I saw many young students of Egyptology at El Cairo National Museum. I never have met a Cambodian youth telling he or she wants to study archeology in a nation that boasts to have one of the biggest religious temples’ complex of the world.

You can see the unending gathering of Angkorean temples, but you must know that there are also pre-Angkorean temples and even we can talk about post-Angkorean Khmer architect plus pre-Historian sites, etc…


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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 (

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