Architectural ruins, Kep - review by Rusty Compass
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Architectural ruins, Kep

| 14 Feb 2012
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14 Feb 2012

Kep is home to some dramatic ruins of an architectural movement that fluorished in Cambodia in the pre-war days of the 1960s.

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Architecture buffs and historians will be intrigued and moved by the ruins of once grand 1960s homes scattered around Kep. These were the homes of Cambodia's 1960s post-independence new elite. Most either fled the country or died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. The ruins are everywhere and it's possible to enter some for a closer look. They sport distinct strong lines, interesting shapes and many still have their original tiles. Hopefully some will survive the big plans for Kep's development.

Look out for Sihanouk's mother's residence, a pockmarked shell on the main beach road east of the Crab Market. And closer to the centre of town, the main Royal Residence. Both are usually accessible at the discretion of the guard on duty - who's usually inclined to open up for a dollar or two.

You can easily visit the ruins - they're literally everywhere - on foot, by bicycle or by motorbike. It's worth heading into the hills to see some of the homes that were built with spectacular views too.
Mark Bowyer
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