The Royal Statue of late-King Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk (Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh) was inaugurated this morning under the high presidency of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, and Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Charkei Heng Samrin, Prime MinisterSamdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and members of the Senate, National Assembly and Government as well as foreign ambassadors accredited to Cambodia.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Samdech Techo Hun Sen urged all Cambodian citizens, especially the young leaders, to keep October 15 as the national day to commemorate the King-Father’s sacrifice for the nation.
The Cambodian premier also recalled the last advice of the late King-Father of national reconciliation, and reconfirmed to continue to protect the monarchy, throne and King under the national motto of “Nation, Religion, King”.
The Memorial Statue of Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh, made of copper with 4.5 meters high and its support of 2.7 meters high, is situated in a public park, east of the Monument of Independence.
According to the construction committee, the erection of the Royal Statue lasted about eight months and cost over US$1 million.
Late King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk passed away on Oct. 15, 2012 at 01:20 am (local time in Phnom Penh) in Beijing, China at the age of 90 from natural causes.