• The Phnom
  • Hill of the Lady Penh
  • Phnom Don Penh
  • Palgen-Maissoneuve, Mimi, 1918-1995 (Photographer)
Date Created
1942 to 1962
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    • Information about the beginning date of the object depicted in the image: c. 1372
    • Information about the alteration of the object depicted in the image: 1890-1894
    • Information about the restoration of the object depicted in the image: 1926
    • The Phnom, or Wat Phnom, marks the center of the settlement which eventually grew into the city of Phnom Penh. Khmer legend has it that in 1372, a woman named Penh found four statues of the Buddha on the banks of the Mekong, and she built a pagoda on a hill to house the images. The hill was named Phnom Don Penh or Hill of the Lady Penh. The sanctuary was allegedly rebuilt in 1434, 1806, 1890-1894, and the modern structure dates to 1926.
    • Source for information about the object depicted in the image: A 1930's Guide to Saigon, Phnom Penh, and Angkor. Bangkok: Asia Books, 1992. Originally published by Maison Portail, Saigon, 1930. Philpotts, Robert. A Guide to Phnom Penh. London: Blackwater Books, 1993.
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    Preliminary Inventory of the Center for Asian Research Records (1966-2006). MimiJac Palgen Memorial Collection (1995). 2007-04146. University Archives. ASU Library, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.…

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