Commemoration of Late King Father

Every year Cambodians remember and pay their respects to their late king. They visit the statue of Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh.

Culture & Heritage | Historical


On 15 October, Cambodia celebrates Commemoration of Late King Father Day to honour their former king, Norodom Sihanouk, who passed away on 15 October, 2012. His son, Norodom Sihamoni, became king in his stead eight years before his death.

The late king father of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, was born in 1922 and took the throne of his native country in 1941. However, his reign ended in 1955, and he was exiled from Cambodia in 1978. But in 1993, he again became king and continued to reign until 2004.

Norodom Sihanouk stepped down from the throne in 2004 due to health problems that interfered with his ability to fulfil his role as king. But he did not die until years later.