|Buddhist stupas and memorials in the royal palace|
|Controversial King Sihanouk (Photo: Wikipedia)|
It was Sihanouk who years back, coined the term ‘Khmer Rouge’, which meant ‘Red Khmers’. Nobody could have known then, that the Khmer Rouge would eventually become the most murderous communists in world history.
|Gardens surround the royal memorials|
Finally in 1970, while Sihanouk was out of the country, he was ousted in a coup. The putch was led by a general named Lon Nol, amid rumors of American involvement.
|Palace murals were ruined by weathering and neglect|
Ending his life of privilege, the KR took away all of his royal servants. His wife and son Sihamoni had to take over the cooking and cleaning of the palace residence. The former queen and humbled prince, were now their own housekeepers.
|Many palace buildings are restored|
|Palace royal guards, with unloaded weapons|
To succeed him, his son the prince was chosen, the present King Sihamoni. The new king had been an ambassador, and a dance teacher in