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Commemoration Day of King Father

October 15, 2023 - October 16, 2023

Commemoration Day of King Father

October 15 officially marks the commemoration day of King Father Sihanouk Norodom and is celebrated with a ceremony at the Royal Palace Phnom Penh and across government institutions.

An annual public holiday, it commemorates the passing of the former King Norodom Sihanouk on 15 October 2012 in Beijing, China, aged 89.

King Norodom Sihanouk

Norodom Sihanouk first reigned 24 April 1941 to 2 March 1955, and again from 24 September 1993 to 7 October 2004. He also entered into politics and served as prime minister (1955-1960) and Head of State of Cambodia (1960-1970).

A bronze statue of Sihanouk (main photo) – the Norodom Sihanouk Monument – was erected in October 2013, in Samdech Hun Sen Park next to the Independence Monument. It is often called the “King Father” statue as Sihanouk was the father of the current monarch King Norodom Sihamoni.

Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation Day Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Royal Palace Phnom Penh

Commemoration Day of King Father

To call it by its official title, ‘Commemoration Day to the Royal Soul of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, Preahmahaviraksat, King-Father of the Cambodian National Independence, Territorial Integrity and Unity’, this holiday celebrates the life and achievements of highly-revered King Father Norodom Sihanouk, or to call him by his posthumous name, His Majesty Preah Barom Ratanakaodh, which means, “the king who lives in the diamond urn”.


October 15, 2023
October 16, 2023
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Royal Palace, Samdach Sothearos Blvd.,
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