Published on February 6th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about Cambodia
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Temples are just the tip of the proverbial Cambodian iceberg. Here are some facts that help make up the rest of that iceberg.
Cambodia’s flag is the only one in the world to feature a building, Angkor Wat.
2. HARD TIMES
During the four years of the Khmer Rouge’s rule around 2 million people were killed. That’s one-fifth of the population.
3. ANGKOR WAT?
Angkor Wat was constructed about 800 years before Tomb Raider was filmed there. It’s like they knew she was coming.
4. YOUNG ONES
Because of the genocide of the ‘70s up to 63% of Cambodia’s population is under thirty.
5. YOUNG LOVE
The average age of marriage is 22 for women and 25 for men.
It’s estimated there are still 4 million landmines still to be cleared in Cambodia.
7. MY HEART WILL GO ON, AND ON, AND ON, AND ON
Traditional Cambodian weddings are quite involved and can go for up to three days and three nights.
8. WAT BIRTHDAY?
Most Cambodians don’t celebrate their birthdays and many of the older ones don’t even know how old they are.
9. COUNT YOUR GECKOS
Cambodians believe that counting a gecko’s chirp will tell you whom you will marry. The first chirp means you’ll marry a bachelor, second chirp means a widower, third chirp is a bachelor again and so on. Keep counting until the gecko stops.
While Cambodia is renowned for cooking up creepy crawlies, most people eat fish and rice.