‘Pearl of the Orient’ losing its charms to development: Phnom Penh high-rises sprout, heritage buildings out

//‘Pearl of the Orient’ losing its charms to development: Phnom Penh high-rises sprout, heritage buildings out

‘Pearl of the Orient’ losing its charms to development: Phnom Penh high-rises sprout, heritage buildings out

Phnom Penh is not the only Southeast Asian city to have declared itself the “Pearl of the Orient” at one time or another. But for the century before a decline that began in 1970 and led to genocide and civil war, the Cambodian capital laid legitimate claim to the title. It was, wrote American historian David Chandler, a resident in the 1960s, “a somnolent, handsome city … with wide, almost empty boulevards bordered with flame trees and bougainvillea. It had a sunstruck, provincial elegance…

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