The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

Cambodian ex-king Norodom Sihanouk to be cremated on Feb 4


PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's beloved former monarch Norodom Sihanouk, who died aged 89 last month, will be cremated on Feb following an elaborate ceremony, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday.

The cremation will be preceded by a procession on Feb 1 that will see King Sihanouk's coffin carried from the royal palace in Phnom Penh to a funeral pyre in a nearby park, the premier said in a speech on national radio.

"It will be a big ceremony," Mr Hun Sen said.

More than a million mourners are expected to line the streets for the lavish procession, which will be broadcast live on television, government spokesman Khieu Kanharith told AFP.