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In southern Cambodia, the spectral Bokor Hill Station whispers stories of former glory French colonial, between walls violated by bullets and re… Read More
In southern Cambodia, the spectral Bokor Hill Station whispers stories of former glory French colonial, between walls violated by bullets and red lichen. Built between 1917 and 1921 in the jungle at 1,000 meters above sea level as a health resort for the rich French colonialists fleeing the blistering heat and oppressive cities, cost the lives of 900 workers. Opened in 1925 the most significant building was the Bokor Palace Hotel & Casino, accompanied by shops a post office, a large water tank for water, a Catholic church and the Black Palace, Royal apartments. The site was abandoned several times, the last in 1972 when the Khmer Rouge came to power and converted the old Casino into an operational headquarter. Towards the end of the war Bokor became one of their last strongholds, besieged for months from the Vietnamese liberation army perched in the few hundred meters far Catholic Church. Throughout its history Bokor saw luxury and war, was a sacred place and a battlefield. Read Less
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In southern Cambodia, the spectral Bokor Hill Station 
whispers stories of former glory French colonial,
between walls violated by bullets and red lichen.

Built between 1917 and 1921 in the jungle at 1,000 meters above sea level 
as a health resort for the rich French colonialists 
fleeing the blistering heat and oppressive cities, 
cost the lives of 900 workers.

Opened in 1925 the most significant building was the Bokor Palace Hotel & Casino, 
accompanied by shops a post office, a large water tank for water, 
a Catholic church and the Black Palace, Royal apartments.

The site was abandoned several times, 
the last in 1972 when the Khmer Rouge came to power 
and converted the old Casino into an operational headquarter.

Towards the end of the war Bokor became one of their last strongholds, 
besieged for months from the Vietnamese liberation army 
perched in the few hundred meters far Catholic Church.


"Throughout its history Bokor saw luxury and war, 
was a sacred place and a battlefield."


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