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Sept 29 – Heritage Day at the French Embassy

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Students photographing themselves in the French Embassy’s park on Heritage Day 2017. Photo: French Embassy

The French Embassy in Phnom Penh will open to the public on Saturday, Sept.29.  Visitors require no pre-registration.

That day is Heritage Day, an event celebrated for more than 30 years in France, and for the fourth time in Cambodia.

The embassy’s press release states that visitors will be allowed to access several buildings inside the Embassy, the Ambassador’s Residence, as well as the 4.5 hectare park grounds.

The embassy’s former gate, which is within the park, was made famous by François Bizot’s book “The Gate”.  He describes his experiences after being captured by the Khmer Rouge.  The book was the basis for the 2014 film of the same name.

The embassy’s press officer, Tung Soklim, said that interested visitors will also have the opportunity to learn of the history of the embassy.

In 2017 the embassy received approximately 3000 visitors on Heritage Day, of which most were students.

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