The Straits Times
Published on Feb 05, 2013

Photo gallery: Cambodia cremates beloved former king Norodom Sihanouk


PHNOM PENH (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia's capital on Monday for the cremation of former King Norodom Sihanouk, the revered "King-Father", who survived wars and the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to hold center stage in the South-east Asian nation for more than half a century.

Cambodians from across the country flocked to Phnom Penh to pay their last respects as King Sihanouk was given elaborate funeral rites - mingling Hindu, Buddhist and animist traditions - last seen 53 years ago with the death of his father, King Norodom Suramarit. And they may never be seen again in a rapidly modernising country where the monarchy has lost much of its power and glamour.