Bokor Mountain

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  • Ray Cooney

    Ray Cooney

    1:10 AM, 10-07-2021

    The Damrei Mountains have long been considered sacred and venerated by the Cambodians.

    The hill station was built as a resort by colonial French to help the French military who were stationed in that region. They were desperate for some relief from the oppressive heat that is characteristic of this part of the world. So it was, in the early 1920s, Bokor Hill, a small resort town was built especially for the occupying French soldiers.|-anonymous-|. Nine hundred lives were lost in nine months during the construction of the resort in this remote mountain location.

    The centerpiece of the resort was the grand Bokor Palace Hotel, inaugurated in 1925. It has been complemented by the villa of the "Résident Supérieur", a post office (now demolished), and a catholic church. It is also an important cultural site, showing how the colonial settlers spent their free time.

    Bokor Hill was abandoned first by the French in the late 1940s, during the First Indochina War, because of local insurrections guided by the Khmer Issarak.

    It was only in 1962, for the reopening of the "Cité du Bokor", that a casino was established in the new hotels near the lake, (Hotels Sangkum and Kiri). Some buildings were added at this time: an annex for the palace, the mayor's office, and a concrete parasol.

    The Bokor Mountain was abandoned again in 1972, as Khmer Rouge took over the area. During the Vietnamese invasion in 1979, Khmer Rouge entrenched themselves and held on tightly for months. In the early 1990s, Bokor Hill was still one of the last strongholds of Khmer Rouge.

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