Cambodians gather by the thousands to honor fallen King on last day of official mourning period
PHNOM PENH — Cambodian mourners gathered at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh by the thousands on Tuesday night, marking the final day of the official mourning period for deceased King Norodom Sihanouk, who passed away last week at the age of 89.
Scores of Buddhist monks arrived at the Royal Palace Tuesday afternoon, where they performed a mass meditation to honor the memory of Sihanouk. They arranged themselves in a vermillion triangle outside the Palace, and their chants mingled together with impressive force.
Quite proud of this GP piece. Was a nice, tiring day of clambering around on top of things trying to get a good view. No luck photographing the moon, you shall have to squint your eyes for signs of Sihanouk yourself.
Almost got into the Sihnaouk-portents spirit myself when a puff of incense smoke did look rather-face-like near the Riverside crowd. I
I believe I stepped on the back of many people’s heels in the crush of mourners today, but the favor was reciprocated. Many thanks to my friend Alex Higgins. for helping me with this one.