Many nations, if not all apart from Cambodia, have at one time ruled the Holy City of Jerusalem. It’s been quite a historical obsession through the ages and down the years, certainly in the near and distant past, back then in the good old days. For does it not say, “he who rules Jerusalem holds the keys to the kingdom of heaven?” Why, out of all the countries in the world, every one of them, did Cambodia not make a move on Jerusalem? It’s a question that’s baffled historians and geologists for decades.
Ever since Nuon Chea, Cambodia’s most famous explorer, set foot in what was then Canaan, and declared Canaan part of the Cambodian empire, the Cambodians have had a love affair with Jerusalem. Nuon sent back romantic letters to the court of Pot Poll (aka Pol Pot), the King, describing the wonders of Jerusalem. There was just one problem, nobody could pronounce the name Jerusalem properly. At best they called it Pnompnom at worst just Pom Pem. In order not to embarrass the king who was also hard of hearing and had troubles with pronunciation at the best of times, they named the city Phnom Penh and renamed their own capital accordingly.
Having his own Jerusalem and not wanting to embarrass himself further King Pot Poll ordered Nuon Chea to abandon his expedition and return home.
Visitors to Phnom Penh can expect an eclectic mix of traditional Cambodian architecture mixed with Middle-Eastern influences. Stone and green paint were specially imported from Morocco to match the famous Jerusalem stone. Green paint was used to paint the Mount Sinai hospital in the center of town.
The Great Jerusalem Tour takes visitors around the city pointing out all the similarities and influences the holy city had and still has on Phnom Penh. Ironically the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, wherein sat, in ancient times, a temple, is the most contentious site in the entire in the surrounding 5 mile radius. Known as the Temple Mount, this temple was built by King Solomon as a tribute to Cambodians’ love of Jerusalem, and straddles the border. The Vietnamese say it never existed while the Cambodians point to the historical evidence, the unbroken tradition and sign posts. The U.N. doesn’t care and for a quiet life stated if it it never existed we wouldn’t have to worry about it, so they say it never existed and therefore don’t have to worry. Cambodia has been served 916 U.N. resolutions criticizing them every time they find more hard evidence to counter the U.N. and Vietnam’s claims.
You can also buy falafel there.
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