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Graffiti In Phnom Penh

Street art says a lot about a place. Whether it is the fact that it is rampant, absent, honored, or scorned, people always seem to have an opinion on street art and its place in their home.

Phnom Penh has a surprisingly vibrant street art scene. In my grade 9 English class, we were studying controversy, and our central question was, “Graffiti: Vandalism, Art, or Both?” I teamed up with my friend Anna who is the high school Art teacher, and together we planned a field trip to seek out the graffiti around Phnom Penh.

If you live here in the city, check out the Facebook group, Graffiti Cambodia. They’re always posting new places, even with a bit of info about the artists themselves.

However, Anna and I scoured the internet and never found a comprehensive map of where to go.

So we made one ourselves:
MapI numbered the sites we visited 1-7, in the order that we visited them. The pins without a number do have graffiti, but we didn’t visit those on the trip. If you’re familiar with the city, you can see that we started near the intersection of Monireth and 271, then headed down 271, came up Norodom, drove past ISPP, headed in BKK below Sihanouk, went up Monivong, and made a final stop near Bong Kak Lake. Got it? Good.

Now let’s look at some art. (All photos compliments of the lovely and artistic Anna Sudra.)

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Street 430 off Monireth.

 
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Continue straight along street 430. Near Phnom Penh Sports Club.

 

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The motherload of graffiti. A giant open space with at least five pieces by various artists. A vacant lot across from the Malaysian Embassy on Norodom.

 

 

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An alleyway behind ISPP on Norodom. This is actually a series of pieces of the “boy with the butterfly”. It tells a story the whole length of the alley wall.

 

 

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The side of a restaurant and bar, across from Top Banana Guesthouse. There is a whole montage of faces on the second level. Really beautiful.

 

 

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Street 184. Inside Puthisastra University. A compilation by multiple artists: Peap Tarr and Lisa Mam to be sure, along with others I can’t remember.

 
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All the way up near the Bong Kak Lake area. From Monivong, turn left on street 80 before the Start Chas Roundabout. You will be driving alongside the French Embassy on your right. You will then find a giant cache of street art sprouting along the buildings.

 

 

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And before we knew it, it was 3pm and we had to be back at school. What a fantastic day… full of unexpected surprises. I added it to my mental list of the thousands of reasons why I love Cambodia.

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Tahrir Square, Cairo, And Blogging With One Hand

Hello again! I know it’s only been a few days between posts, but I am unable to go in to work today so I thought I’d make progress on sharing our trip to Egypt with you.

I can’t go to work today because I had surgery on my wrist yesterday. I had a strange build up of blood/fluid in my vessels around my wrist. The doctors used the words “hemangioma” and “blood-filled tumor” interchangeably, and honestly don’t know what caused it. It first arose five years ago when I was waitressing in college. The doctor I saw in the States just told me to sleep with a brace on, because it caused me pain the most when I slept. Over the next five years it would sporadically hurt and swell, and has been a continuous issue the past nine months here in Kuwait. Our insurance here is great and so is the medical care, so I had it removed at the behest of my orthopedist here. They say it’s benign, but have sent it to pathology, and we will know for sure in about a week. When they removed it the doctor said it was a mess, having swelled and clotted all around my muscles and veins. He did a great job though, and took all of it out. I think it’s from waiting tables and carrying massive tray of dishes and bus tubs for six years when my muscles were developing the most. Either way, it’s all better now.

But I should cut to the chase, seeing as I am only typing with my left hand. It takes me forever to peck out a simple sentence! My right hand is my dominant hand, too, which makes my left hand quite the pathetic typist.

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Al Seef hospital in Kuwait. It was like a hotel suite in there! I felt so safe and well-taken care of. My lovely husband kept me company all day, too. I am so blessed.

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After they removed the wrapping, I was amazed at how small the surgery site actually was!

Okay, time to move on to our pictures from Egypt. I will keep you updated on the wrist, I promise. For now, though, let’s focus on Cairo!

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Sean at Tahrir Square. It was very, very quiet. I was paranoid we’d be trammeled by protesters, but it was just guys drinking coffee and snapping pictures of the place with their cell phones. We sat in a cafe for a while on the edge of the square and marveled at it all.

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There is so much meaning going on in every inch of art. I love it!

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A view of Tahrir Square from another angle. Can you see the hanging effigy doll? That was the strangest thing in the whole place. Everything else was calm and subdued.

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After Tahrir Square, we wanted to explore Cairo on foot. This is the view from the Kasr Al Nil Bridge, crossing over the Nile River.

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Another shot of the Nile. What did YOU picture the Nile looking like before these photos? I sure didn’t picture it cradled in a metropolis!

IMG_3809We found the museum of modern art!

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Sean took this picture of me and my parents admiring the revolutionary art. It was an amazing place; you were able to see what the young artists of Cairo thought of the revolution in every piece of art.

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An example of the art in the museum. Sean liked this particular painting.

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Emily taking a break to smell the roses on Zamalek Island. (The posh district of Cairo, an actual island on the Nile.)

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A great little cafe where we feasted on sandwiches and tea after our long walk around Cairo. Don’t you love the greenery in every picture? Cairo has trees and plants every where : )

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If you’re thinking of traveling to Egypt, don’t hesitate! Book your flight today. We had so much fun in Cairo, and felt so safe and welcomed the entire time. Don’t be fooled by the CNN effect!

That’s all for today, next post will be on Luxor, and hopefully with an update on my wrist!

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