When I landed in Cambodia on October 23, King Sihanouk had died the previous week. I discovered a Phnom Penh in the midst of mourning, with a crowd constantly gathering in front of the Royal Palace. Adjacent to the Palace, I noticed a small quiet park.
When I went on the roof of a nearby building two months later, the sight laying before my eyes seemed unreal. In a few weeks, the park has become a huge construction site, meant to house the cremation of the King in February. According to The Cambodia Daily, the cost of the project is estimated at $5 million.
Among the passersby, many Cambodians stopped to observe the enormity of this project, as if they don't recognize the place either.
EDIT: King Sihanouk will be cremated this Monday February, 4th. Ceremonies and processions will last a week, starting Friday 1st. Between one and two millions people are expected to arrive in Phnom Penh. For a photo coverage of the event, contact me.