Statue of King Father to Be Unveiled October 11

The finished memorial statue of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk will be placed in a purpose-built stupa on Saturday and officially unveiled on October 11, municipal spokesman Long Di­manche said Sunday. 

The official unveiling of the statue on Sihanouk Boulevard will take place just four days before the anniversary of the King Father’s death, which occurred while he was in hospital in China.

“We are in a rush to organize the park to make it [ready] on time,” Mr. Di­manche said, adding that the statue, based on an elderly King Father, had been approved by King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Moni­neath.

Workers on Sunday could be seen preparing the site for the seven-meter statue. The creation of the statue was announced shortly after the King Father’s death on October 15 last year, with Independence Park—opposite his childhood home—selected as the location.

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