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New Phnom Penh museum open to the public

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The new Samdech Techo Hun Sen Guidance Museum at the capital’s Win-Win Monument is now open to the public. Heng Chivoan

New Phnom Penh museum open to the public

The new Samdech Techo Hun Sen Guidance Museum at the capital’s Win-Win Monument is now open to the public for four days a week, from 2-5pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the memorial’s committee announced.

The museum details historic events such as the “Marching Towards National Salvation” on June 20, 1977, and the significant achievements of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“Over the past five weeks, since the inauguration of the Win-Win Monument on December 29 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Win-Win policy, the memorial has caught the attention of the national and international public, who have visited it daily in the morning, evening and night,” said the announcement signed by General Nem Sowath, the head of the Win-Win Monument Construction Committee.

Hun Sen’s “Win-Win” policy of 1998 brought the remaining armed leaders of the Khmer Rouge into the government, bringing an end to decades of civil war.

Sowath said on Wednesday that civil servants from ministries and institutions as well as students will, after receiving official permission, be able to conduct research at the museum on the days it is closed to the public.

The rest of the site, including the main 33m Win-Win Monument, the Techo Santepheap Garden and the surrounding area will be open seven days a week as normal.

The committee has set up an information group in front of the monument using audio and video to tell visitors about the memorial.

Construction of the Win-Win Monument began on February 25, 2016. It was designed in a Modernist Khmer style.

The base is 117m along each side and features bas-reliefs depicting the journey to peace.

Construction took 29,000sqm of marble, 15,000sqm of concrete and 3,000 tonnes of steel, and was estimated to cost $12 million. The plaza has eight pools and features various sculptures.

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